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June Monthly Board Member Update

By Jordan Hirman

With the winter finally behind us and the weather warming up, it is time to start implementing your maintenance plan. After a long cold winter, I hope you are taking some time not only for yourself but also for your facility. Remember, your facility no doubt took some beatings on the inside as well as the outside from Mother Nature. Below are a few items that are on my maintenance list.

Some items I took away from the Operations and Risk Management class from STAR was to start outside looking at your facility. Take a close look at your lights. Are they all operational? Are the cracks or heaving payment caused by this past brutal winter, a hazard to your customers? Take a good look at your roof. If you have a metal roof like I do, check and make sure all screws are tightened down and all the caulking is in place. This will save you a lot of headache when winter comes back around.

Once you have established what needs to be complete outside, it is time to move inside. Start in your entry way. If you have handicap accessible doors, make sure they are functioning properly. Check all surfaces for cracks and repair as necessary. Are your walls clean and puck mark free? One way I like to keep up during the season is to take a magic erase pad and remove marks on walls throughout the season. Help get staff engaged and your facility will continue to shine throughout the year. Some other items to check are the dasher boards and glass. Make sure all the screws are tightened around the boards as well as the glass. These can be overlooked during the busy season. Tighten up all handles on doors especially the locker rooms. Now is a great time to give your locker rooms a new coat of paint to help keep your facility fresh for your users.

Remember to talk to your full and part time staff. They are a good resource to brainstorm ideas with and ask them what they have seen over the past season that they feel should be added to your maintenance plan. Including them will help get them invested in your plan to keep your facility in great shape. These are just a few ideas that I hope will help you continue to provide a great facility to your user groups. I hope everybody has a great summer and and get energized for next season!

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E-Z Sharp Skate Sharpeners, Equipment and Supplies

E-Z Sharp manufactures high quality, easy to use skate sharpeners with a Quik Action Skate Clamp demanded by professionals across the industry. The Quik Action Skate Clamp fastens skates in seconds with unfailing accuracy and its ONE dial adjustment simplifies the alignment of the skate blade.

E-Z Sharp carries an extensive inventory of skate sharpening equipment and supplies to meet the needs of all types of skate sharpening machines. Our pink, white, and gray grinding wheels are double-balanced and hand inspected at the E-Z Sharp factory before shipping, as are our high quality diamond dressing tools. We carry an HDI (Hollow Depth Indicator), it measures edges and depths of hollow and is a great tool for multiple operators and ensures accurate, square edges every time.

E-Z Sharp is a family owned and operated business. E-Z Sharp was invented in 1973 right here in Minnesota by Art Peterson. He began sharpening the neighborhood kids’ skates after they got done skating on Lake Phalen. The kids left their skates on the stoop with a dime tucked inside, but they always found that dime still there when they picked up their sharpened skates. As demand for quality sharpeners rose, E-Z Sharp was there to fill the void. Owned by NHL teams, arenas, sporting goods stores, professional skating shows, high schools, universities and colleges throughout the country we continue to provide an easy to use, quality skate sharpener some 45 years later!

You can find E-Z Sharp at or call Bill and Kelly Marlow directly at 651-450-2260, we have locations in Stacy and South St Paul, MN. Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook.

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May 2014 MIAMA Newsletter Article by Jon Balvance

Good Morning MIAMA members -

This month we have our annual spring workshop at the Chaska Community Center on Tuesday, May 6th. This is always a first-rate event with great attendance by our MIAMA membership. It’s a great opportunity to learn some valuable information in regards to the R-22 Phase out, updates on &, network with your fellow arena members and check out the latest items available at the Trade Show. I’d like to thank this year’s Spring Workshop co-chairs, Shayne Radcliff from Lakeville Arena’s and Jon Jackson of Becker Arena Products for their hard work in setting up this event.


With spring finally upon us, many facilities have their ice out and are utilizing the time for some much needed annual maintenance within the building and grounds. This is an excellent opportunity to step back and walk the facility as if it was your 1st time in the facility.

Take a walk around the outside of your building with a notebook and take some notes:

Is your front entrance clean and appealing for your patrons?

Does your parking lot need repairs, re-striping or parking lot lights need replacement?

Have you, your staff or contractor finished the spring ground cleanup?

When’s the last time the landscaping has been addressed?

If applicable, is the irrigation system up and running properly?

Then walk around the inside of your building:

Are the dasher-board screws all tight & board anchors tightened?

Do you need to replace any gaskets on your rink glass?

Are the safety pads near the player benches still in good shape?

When’s the last time you lubricated the doors around your ice sheet?

Are the benches still stable or in need of repair?

These are just a few of the things to take a look at when you have some downtime in the Spring/Fall.


A few things going on with MIAMA in 2014:

The MIAMA fall conference returns to an old friend in Breezy Point this fall. This will be our associations 39th Annual Fall Conference. Sign up information should be available sometime in July. The Fall Conference Co-Chairs are busy putting together another excellent educational opportunity for our membership. The dates of this year’s Fall Conference are September 2-5th.

The will be 3 MIAMA board positions available this fall. If you have interest in joining the board, please contact MIAMA President Craig Flor or any MIAMA Board Member.

MIAMA Retiree Alumni Group wants you!

            The MIAMA Retiree alumni group is looking for new members. This is an excellent opportunity for you to share your experience with another group of arena managers. Please contact Walt Bruley at 218-340-0532 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Jon Balvance

Out-state MIAMA Board Representative

Arena Manager
Saint Thomas Ice Arena

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Hello MIAMA members!

My name is Steve Mateski with Hillphoenix, Inc. Hillphoenix is a new member of MIAMA and I'd to introduce our company and its Advansor CO2 Transcritical technology to the MIAMA members.

Hillphoenix is the largest operating division within Dover Corporation. Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $8 billion. Hillphoenix is the largest manufacturer of supermarket refrigeration in the world. We also specialize in CO2 transcritical manufacturing with the Advansor brand and have nearly 1,000 CO2 transcritical applications worldwide.

Hillphoenix has brought this CO2 expertise to the Ice Arena industry and will be designing and manufacturing the refrigeration plant for the first U.S. transcritical CO2 direct system in Anchorage, AK in the fall of 2014. The Hillphoenix direct transcritical CO2 system is a great alternative to synthetic refrigerants and ammonia as it's a non-flammable, non-toxic natural class A1 refrigerant. With the direct CO2 floor system, arena's can gain excellent heat transfer, much lower pump power and large amounts of high grade heat as well as non-regulation due to CO2's natural state.

Please contact me if you are interested to learn more.

Thank you!

Steve Mateski

2415 Holly Lane N.

Plymouth, MN 55447


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