Information for the MIAMA Membership
Passing of Murray Sandler Featured
Dan Bourgeois is retiring ... Featured
After 38 years in the University of Minnesota Athletic department, Dan Bourgeois is retiring. Dan started on October 11, 1976 (what were you doing in 1976?) and worked as an Icemaker at the old Mariucci Arena, Opened the new Mariucci Arena and Ridder Arena, as well as working at the golf course in the non-hockey season back in the day. He transitioned from making ice and maintaining hockey and ice related equipment to becoming the "handy man" in the dept. There was never a project to big or complex for Dan, he could always find a solution.
See the invite below to Dan's retirement party. For those of you that would like to learn more about Dan's school of charm, see me at the party!!
Hope to see you at Legends on Nov. 20th.
John von Bank Retirement Lunch Featured
John Von Bank Retirement Lunch
In honor of John Von Bank’s retirement this fall MIAMA members held a lunch gathering in Rosemount on October 28th. There was a great turn out with about 25 members in attendance, many who have retired as well as current members. John was happy to see everyone and is enjoying retirement doing what he does best… working.
John’s next chapter in life has him working with the family lawn care business which he has been a part of for many years. After 36 years at Burnsville Ice Center and 42 years with the City of Burnsville it’s a welcomed change for John.
He will no longer have to work a full day at the rink after plowing snow all night. He will also not have to handle any ice rink problems at odd hours of the day or night and can devote his time to his family.
John is a model of how many in the industry are 100% dedicated to family, friend and their rink for decades. Burnsville sent him off with special evening as well as having KSTP run a story on the local newscast, ThisWeek/Sun Newspaper did a nice article and the Pioneer Press had a nice article (see link below) recognizing John’s lifelong commitments at Burnsville.
In attendance were many old Burnsville employees who are now working everywhere where from Inver Grove Heights to the Xcel Energy Center. There were some fun old faces like Gary Harker, Craig Panning, Mike Brooks and Gary Peitig there to enjoy the afternoon among others.
For most of you the 2014-2015 ice season is underway. Hopefully all went well with putting in the ice and all the techniques we’ve learned over the years helps to simplify the process.
Just a reminder to you and your staff to continue to do your Air Quality Testing and other preventative maintenance to hopefully help in a stress free season.
High School and youth games will all be starting soon and with that comes lots of visitors to your facility.
This is a great time to really showcase all the great features your arena has to offer. It’s always fun to hear what people remember about each rink – It is cold?
How is the concession stand? Accessibility? The music? The refs? Have that extra piece of glass ready to go?
Its the little things that you do which make a big difference over the course of the season so have everyone fired up to do a great job!
Remember, we have a great network to help each other trouble shoot and problem solve through MIAMA so don't hesitate to use our forums, website, or simply call a colleague to help you along. That’s what MIAMA is all about.
Good luck to everyone on a great season!
We are well into October and the 2014 MIAMA Fall conference is a distant memory. As the seasons change from summer to fall and our mornings feel a little more brisk, it feels more and more like hockey season. (although some folks never really seem to have an off season) A new season once again will offer several new issues big and small, new challenges, new solutions, new ideas, reusing old ideas we have not use for years, meeting new coaches, seeing new faces, and reconnecting with old acquaintances and friends.
One of the changes going into the 2014-15 season is welcoming 4 new MIAMA Board of Directors:
Troy Ceirnia (Willmar), John Cole (SPA Drake Arena), Mike Newton (Cottage Grove), Jon Balvance (Rosemount)
Another change is the launching of rinkfinder.com on its new platform. There are several member rinks that have not updated the information on the new rinkfinder.com web page. With the changes we have done in redesigning this web page it makes it easier for mobile use so that people can find your rink and know about what is happening at your ice arena. If you have not updated the new Rinkfinder.com please go to Miama.org for directions to do so.
Good luck to each and every one of you on your upcoming seasons
"Remember, I'm pullin' for ya'. We're all in this thing together."
2014-15 MIAMA President