Kent Valley Hockey Association

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In a Nutshell

Kids’ build hockey skills from the basics over 24 lessons, typically held on Sundays

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 16, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Online registration at USAHockey.com is required. Equipment is required and is available for rent. Rental package includes: Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Elbow Pads, Gloves, Pants, Shin guards, Skates & Hockey Bag. Items you will need to purchase: Mouth Guard, Protective cup, Hockey socks & Stick. Equipment rental is separate from this offer and available for $200 plus tax and includes a refundable deposit of $125. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $175 for registration for Kent Valley Hockey’s Learn-to-Play Program for one child age 4 to 10 ($345.04 value)

This program focuses on teaching beginner ice skaters the fundamentals of ice skating: becoming comfortable on the ice, learning the basic hockey stance, stride, knee bend, and use of edges, as well as how to properly hold a hockey stick. Classes start September 27th, 2015 and run through March 2016, and are typically held Sundays 12:15-1:15pm (time subject to change). See program details here.

The Zamboni: Making Ice Nice Again

Keeping the ice fresh at the arena is a task that only the beloved Zamboni can handle. Check out Groupon’s guide to this indispensible invention.

Frank J. Zamboni felt impatient. He wasn’t happy with the inefficient methods his crews had to use to resurface the ice at his California ice rink. First, they had to shave off a top layer of ice and scoop away the snow, then rinse the underlying ice and remove the dirty water. Only then could they apply the thin layer of clean water that freezes into fresh, skateable ice. All told, the painstaking process required up to four people and took nearly an hour to perform—hardly conducive to the marching bands that play on the ice during hockey intermissions. It was then, in 1949, that Frank—an inventor who already had several patents to his name—set out to find a better solution and eventually arrived on a machine that’s since become synonymous with hockey—the Zamboni.

Early versions of what would become the Zamboni ice resurfacer were made of a mishmash of automotive and other mechanical parts, including a Jeep chassis—which remained the vehicle’s base until 1964. Modern Zambonis are battery-operated and perform a slew of actions all at once to efficiently replenish ice surfaces. As a driver maneuvers the vehicle, an extremely sharp, flat blade shaves the top layer of ice while rotating augers gather the shavings and propel them into a tank for storage. Then a pipe sprays water onto the ice to clean it before a vacuum recycles it back into the wash-water tank. To complete the process, a towel and squeegee soaked in fresh water trails behind the machine, evening out the new surface in a fraction of the time it took before. Though there are other brands of ice resurfacing machines, the Zamboni brand remains the most popular option among arenas and fans. Most of the machines are still made in California as well as at another facility in Brantford, Ontario—the birthplace of another of hockey’s great engineering marvels, Wayne Gretzky himself.

Customer Reviews

Nice facility Great place for kids to learn to play hockey
Chris L. · December 17, 2015
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    Kent

    6015 South 240th Street

    Kent, WA 98032

    +12538502400

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