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    ACP Hockey Synthetic Ice Training

    ACP Hockey Synthetic Ice Training

    Experience Pays Off

    Austin Coldwell has spent a good portion of his 27 years traveling long distances to learn and play hockey.

    The Vancouver native went from youth hockey to junior hockey to college at the University of Anchorage-Alaska to the professional minor leagues.

    His only real time playing close to home was at ages 15 and 16 for the Fort Vancouver Pioneers at Mountain View Ice Arena.

    A New Beginning

    Now that his playing days are over, Coldwell has opened his own training program — Austin Coldwell Premier Hockey, or ACPHockey — with the goal of not only developing young players but giving them the option of staying close to home to learn the sport.

    To make that happen, Coldwell not only coaches at Mountain View Ice Arena, he uses his ACPHockey gym with its 224-square foot PolyGlide synthetic ice surface.

    “No one here is doing this,” Coldwell said of his artificial surface that has been in place since January. “I wanted to start training players and developing players here. It creates more opportunities.”

    That’s the case for 11-year-old Rylan Oster. He’s part of the Junior Winterhawks program.

    “We’ve had take so many trips to Canada on weekends,” said his father Rory, who is the athletic director at Camas High School. “It was great that we found Austin.”

    Building Skills on Synthetic Ice

    Synthetic ice is like a hard plastic cutting board put together like a puzzle with interlocking pieces. It is treated with a lubricant that gives the ability for skates to slide and yet remains dry to the touch.

    The bonus of a PolyGlide synthetic ice surface is it can be placed anywhere at any time of the year, hot or cold, without electricity.

    Coldwell explained that the purpose of utilizing the synthetic ice along with the real thing is to develop the smaller details of the game.

    “Skating, edgework, lots of movement,” he said. “Lots of applied pressure to the skate and stick handling as well. We try to work on very technical, very small details here in the gym.”

    On the real ice at Mountain View, Coldwell has players work on broader hockey skills and positional work.

    “We have hypothetical situations, show players why they are working on a particular skill,” he said.

    Growing the Program

    To share his work with athletes, Coldwell utilizes social media by posting videos on Instagram (@ACPHockey) and Twitter (@ACPHockey77) from his workout sessions and camps with the hockey players. His website outlines the program.

    You can learn how to use the whole body efficiently. It’s an application for game day,” Coldwell says of his program. “It’s just hard work. No secret there.”

    Coldwell is already seeing his hard work pay off, not only in keeping players close to home, but also looking to expand his gym into a bigger space in the coming months.


     By Jeff Klein, Columbian sports staff

    It's Never Too Late to Learn How to Ice Skate

    It's Never Too Late to Learn How to Ice Skate

    Do you find yourself gaining weight during the long, cold winter months? Is it difficult to stay motivated to exercise, particularly when there's frost on the ground?

    If your home exercise equipment or local gym is failing to get you up and out of your easy chair, it may be time to try a new type of exercise this winter.

    How about something that not only gets your heart beating faster, but also improves your balance, physical fitness, and coordination?

    Why not try something that’s so much fun, you'll forget you're working out?

    Ice skating might be the perfect fit for you. You may follow figure skating competitions during the winter Olympics or enjoy watching your favorite hockey team square off against its rivals — but do you skate yourself? It’s never too late to learn.

    You can learn to ice skate at any age. Learn more about the benefits of this fun and invigorating winter activity.

    Health benefits of ice skating

    Ice skating is great for your heart and lungs. It provides an aerobic workout, getting your heart pumping and improving your circulation.

    This can help you feel more alert and energetic, while lowering your risk of heart disease.

    Ice skating can also help you lose weight, especially if you combine it with a healthy and well-balanced diet. Y

    ou can potentially burn more than 200 calories for every half hour of skating, reports Harvard Medical School.

    Ice skating also tones and stretches your muscles as you learn to engage your abdominals, thighs, and calves to maintain your balance.

    The more you skate, the more strength and endurance you’ll develop.

    Finally, skating can improve your mental fitness. As you learn to skate, you’ll challenge your mind and body to develop new skills, increase your self-confidence, and exercise mental control.

    This fun seasonal activity is also a great way to spend time with friends and family members.

    Hitting your local ice rink together can help you unwind and relieve stress in the company of loved ones.

    Before you get started

    Before you start ice skating, take these simple steps to prepare.

    Talk to your doctor

    As with any exercise program, it's wise to check with your doctor before starting to ice skate.

    They can help you decide if you're in good enough health to take on the challenge.

    They can also help you understand the risks and benefits, and strategies to avoid injury.

    Stock your closet

    It’s important to dress warmly but in layers when you skate, so you can shed clothing as you start to warm up.

    Leggings and stretchy fitted tops allow freedom of motion. Wear microfiber socks rather than cotton socks. They will absorb moisture and fit well on your feet, reducing your risk of blisters.

    Wear gloves, not only for warmth, but also to protect your hands if you fall.

    Consider wearing hip, knee, elbow, and wrist pads or guards to protect your joints against injuries. A helmet can also help you stay safe by avoiding head injuries. Wearing protective equipment is especially important if you're not confident in your balance. These precautions can help you avoid injury and continue skating, even after a fall.

    Rent or buy skates

    When you first start, consider renting your skates instead of buying them. That will give you the chance to try different styles to learn what you like and don't like.

    When it comes time to buy, you’ll have more experience and knowledge on which to base your purchasing decision.

    If you want to buy skates right away, get some advice from a reputable skating instructor. They can help you determine which skates may be best for you. Whatever you decide, make sure your skates fit well.

    Skate sizes don't always match shoe sizes. Your heels should be snug against the back of your skates, and you should be able to wiggle your toes up and down.

    Hitting the ice

    Once you've got your doctor’s approval and basic apparel, you're ready to go skating. You can choose a public skate time at your local rink and try it out on your own.

    You can invest in group or private lessons. Or you can ask a friend or family member who knows how to skate to help you learn.

    You’ll probably fall a few times along the way, so it’s important to learn how to fall in ways that will minimize your risk of injury. Tuck your hands in close so other skaters don't run over your fingers when you are down.

    Try to relax as you fall, so you don't land too stiffly. Protect your wrists, elbows, hips, and knees if possible. If you can, land on your backside. That's the least likely part of your body to get injured.

    Practice stopping as soon as you can. This will be your most important skill.

    You can use the T-stop, where you drag one skate behind the other at a 45-degree angle. Or you can use the snowplow stop, where you push your skates apart and form a pigeon-toed position, using the inside of the blades to shave the ice and slow your momentum.

    Try not to become discouraged. Remember you're learning something entirely new. It’s important to be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey.

    Before long, you may find yourself dreading the summer months because ice skating is so much fun!

    Written by The Healthline Editorial Team

    It's a Wonderland Life in Hendersonville

    It's a Wonderland Life in Hendersonville


    The Town of Hendersonville, NC once again unveiled their annual Winter Wonderland synthetic Henderson Countyice skating rink to the community this Holiday season but this year was a little extra special. After two seasons of renting a synthetic ice rink, organizers decided to invest in purchasing their own surface that also included a curling rink and fencing to add to their Christmas Holiday theme. 

    Just Like Real Ice

    SkatersThe new "infused" surface offers the latest in synthetic ice technology manufactured by PolyGlide Synthetic Ice. The surface does not require any surface lubricants or glide enhancers for ice skating....just install and start skating! The rink will be open daily during the Holiday season from 11am to 7pm (weather permitting) until New Years Day, January 1st, 2019.

    Curling Fun

    An added attraction alongside the skating rink is an 8ft X 60ft curling lane curling rinkwhich features one Target or "House" on each end, centerline and hack marks to make you feel like a Pro!. The new PolyGlide Ice "Olympic Gold" medal model was designed after the Olympic curling rink in PyeongChang, South Korea in which the USA Curling Team brought home the Gold Medal.

    Games, Activities & Snacks

    Ice SkatingAcross from the rink is the Visiting Center stage that was recently visited by Santa to the delight of many of the Town residents and their families. Play areas with toys and games were also set aside for anyone that wanted a little extra fun....and let's not forget the smores! Each year Organizers have been adding new activities to help grow the event and provide family fun and entertainment during the Holiday Season to the Community and visiting Tourists. You can expect to see this Winterfest continue to grow in 2019.

    Travel Plans

    If your looking for a new place to check out during the Christmas Holiday Season you definitely need to put the Hendersonville "Winter Wonderland" on your list. This homespun community has a lot to offer between the Shops, Boutiques, Restaurants on Main Street AND Activities at the Ice Rink! Great Job Hendersonville!!

    By Jim Loughran, PolyGlide Ice
    For additional information call: 855-765-9423


    Thaw-Out Your Winter with PolyGlide Ice

    Thaw-Out Your Winter with PolyGlide Ice


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    As the frost grows on the Pumpkin and sun sets earlier and earlier it won't be long before the first snow flake is on it's way. It seems like we just left the Summer as the AC Unit has barely cooled-off and we're already firing-up the furnace. We are all creatures of habit and are all too familiar with what is expected of us as parents, players and skaters as we head into the fall.

    A weekly schlep back-and-forth to the rink can be expected between work, homework, shopping, entertaining, excercising and eating if you have the time. Our schedules always seem to continue to get busier and busier as the days get shorter and! This never-ending "Ice Cycle" is woven into the being of every rink rat young and old that knows what "Zamboni Propane" smells like.

    Little by little, times are surely changing throughout the skating world when it figure skatescomes to growing the sport of Ice Hockey and Figure Skating. Skaters no longer have to rely soley on available ice time as Home Ice training becomes more and more of a viable option. Advancements in synthetic ice technology has continued to close the gap on a "real ice feel" over the last decade. This advancement has made training on an artificial ice surface more enjoyable and at the same time benificial to the skater.

    Years ago USA Hockey implemented teaching concepts through "Small-Area Games" by emphasising basic fundamentals such as skating and shooting on a smaller surface. The majority of ice time should be spent working on skills regardless of age....and you don't need a lot of space. Slowly but surely we are starting to see Figure Skaters taking advantage of the concept of home Ice training.

    small gamesIt's important for skaters and their parents to understand that they have options in deciding where, when and what time they train. It does not require a lot of space to work on skills or a routine to help a skater get the "edge" on the competition. Think of a space you may not be utilizing that you could convert into your own training place to thaw-out this winter that will work within your budget. You would be suprised how much money it will save you over the long term ;-)

    Multiple Rink Packages Big and Small available now at


    "Express Yourself" with your own Home Rink

    "Express Yourself" with your own Home Rink

    Kendal PracticeFigure skaters and Ice Dancers like Kendal work hard to develop their own routine outside of the physical committments of getting all the jumps and moves down. The power and energy of expression can not be underestimated especially when trying to win over the judges during a competition. The training along the way can be intense as most people don't clearly realize just how much work goes into these routines.

    The Ice Arena is no longer the only place where a skater can work on their Kendal at Homecreative talents while broadening their horizons and not waste precious ice time in the process. Skaters can now utilize their own home environment on as little as 32 square feet of space while wearing their skates......just like a batter warming up before heading to the plate! Having that little extra time to get it right can sometimes help make the difference between taking home the trophy or not even placing.

    Kendal and Dad MattIn a world where the emphasis always seems to be "bigger is better" quite the opposite can be true when working on the mental aspect of preparing for an ice competition. Skaters building there routines have already choreographed and timed their performancer to music and can build on that using very little space as in their mind they can see it perfectly. Being on skates only helps enhance the skaters experience and with the use of portable (infused) synthetic ice panels this is now a reality!

    With advancements in all aspects of sports training and medicine athletes are Kendal takes the Trophyconstantly looking to get a "jump" on their competition (pun intended;-)....and why not when the opportunity is there? Many successful athletes use all the tools available to them to advance their skills and build confidence in taking their abilities to the next level. Synthetic ice training centers have been on the rise throughout the hockey community and it's only a matter of time before competitive skating starts to catch-up. The "Home Ice Advantage" is great solution to when the closest Ice Arena is closed during the off-season and as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz would say, "There's no place Like Home!"

    Be Sure to follow Kendal on her instagram page @Love_Skate_Kendal