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Hard Ice Divider Program Returns for 2022

By Minnesota Hockey, 01/06/22, 3:45PM CST


Minnesota Hockey, in partnership with Rink Systems, Inc., will offer its Hard Ice Divider Program for the ninth consecutive season in 2022. The program has helped supply over 100 sets of dividers to 75 youth hockey associations in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Hockey Hard Ice Divider Program was designed to aid community-based associations and their home rinks in promoting the growth of ice hockey through the implementation of cross and half-ice hockey, and it’s made a huge impact on the game throughout the state. Associations have utilized the boards to enhance a wide variety of age-appropriate programs include in-house mite and squirt programs, jamborees, tournaments and three-on-three or four-on-four leagues for older age groups.

Whether utilized for cross or half-ice hockey, the hard ice dividers help associations utilize ice more efficiently and provide players with a more game-like experience.  Cross and half-ice hockey allow players to increase the number of times they touch the puck, their puck possession time and overall speed in playing situations – all of which translate into quicker development of individual skills and a passion for the game.

Through the partnership, Rink Systems will also allow for associations that purchase hard ice dividers through the program to purchase junior size goal frames at a discounted rate. Junior size goal frames provide a more realistic playing experience for young goaltenders, enabling them to gain confidence and passion for position.

Minnesota Hockey affiliated associations interested in purchasing a “hard divider” system must complete an online application for the program and submit a deposit. Once approved, Minnesota Hockey associations will be able to purchase a set of boards, valued at $7,900, for just $5,400. Associations that take advantage of the hard ice divider subsidy will also be able to purchase the junior goal frames sets of two goal frames for $500, which are valued at $600.

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Rink Systems, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business based in Albert Lea since it was founded in 1993. The goal of Rink Systems, Inc. has been to increase the popularity of skating and hockey in this country and throughout the world. In order to accomplish this objective, it has developed and gathered products of the best technical specifications available in the industry. Rink Systems, Inc. is a proud member of STAR: Serving The American Rinks.

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