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Hockey Nets: Fast and Easy

Submitted by Bob Baltgalvis, Veterans Memorial Community Center/ Richfield Ice Arena

Everyone knows that stringing nets is a tedious process and not many people enjoy it. Here is a fast easy way to string your nets up.

Tying nets takes time, not to mention, is hard on your hands. Some arenas take up to a full week to complete a set of nets. Imagine having both nets completely done in one day. Avoid the possibility of having your nets half done when you decide to take a break, only to come back to find your nets sliced up by a hockey player with a utility knife that was left out by the nets.

Here’s what you need (per net):

  • 26’ of ¼” rod stock
  • Approximately 50 ¼” clips
  • Self tapping screws – number varies

You can find all of these items in a Grainger catalog. One net roughly needs 26’ of rod stock, six feet across the top, four feet on each side and twelve feet divided up into four sections for the bottom. You will need to pre-drill the holes for the screws, as it makes screwing the net to the frame much easier. These nets have screws every eight inches. It can vary depending on how secure you want the net.

Begin with the top of the net and thread the rod thru the net and attach the clips to the rod. Then, simply screw the clips to the net frame. Next do the two sides. You will need to use wire ties to pull the net down to the bottom of the frame. Repeat the same process used for the top of the net. Next, secure the bottom of the net. I found it easiest to do both curves of the net first. Simply bend the rod to the curve of the net. Finally, secure the back of the net. If you are using the bottom pads, screw them to the frame the same way, only put them in upside down and roll them back over to prevent them from hanging too low when they are tipped up on the boards on the ice.

The final step is the skirt. The skirt is screwed to the net frame as well, predrilled and then screwed to the frame along the bottom. You will still need to thread string thru the top of the skirt, but that is the only tying you will need to do. Follow these steps and you can have your nets done in one day!  

Here are some photos to show how this looks and works or stop by VMCC and I will be happy to show you the nets!




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The 2013 MIAMA Fall Conference was held September 4- 6th at Ruttgers’s Sugar Lake Lodge with 127 total attendees including 50 attendees in STAR Class, 32 attended IMPT (Ice Making and Painting Technologies) and 18 PMP (Programming, Marketing and Promotions ). There were 34 vendor tables at the Trade Show on Wednesday evening with many of the vendors being on hand and contributing during the entire conference.

The 38th annual fall gathering featured a number of programs and activities each day for management, operations and vendors alike.   The conference kicked off early with STAR educational tracks starting on Tuesday. The general conference opened Wednesday starting with and social for colleagues and peers to say hello and network followed by awelcome dinner. Following dinner, the Annual Business Meeting with President Rick Ragan presiding (for one last time as his tenure as President ended at the conclusion of the conference) was held.

During the Business meeting we recognized the Board Members and welcomed in Craig Flor as our new President. With the New Board of Directors make up there is no longer Districts or District Representatives. The make- up of the Board is 4 Metro Members at-large positions, 3 Outstate member at-large positions along with a Past President, Secretary/Treasurer and a Vendor Representative. There are also four non-voting positions,(Website Editor, Newsletter Editor, MN Hockey Rep. and Director Emeritus). We welcomed newly appointed Board member Jon Balvance who replaces Brianna Ostoff who has resigned her position due to a career change where she is no longer in the industry. We acknowledged outgoing Board members Garry Hadden, and Bob Haala. Rick Ragan leaves as President but stays on for one year as Past President.

The 2013-14 Executive Board was announced with Craig Flor as President, Jordan Hirman as Vice-President and Dean Mulso returning as Secretary/Treasurer. The Board of Directors will hold their first meeting on October 2nd at Burnsville Ice Centerat 9:30am. At this meeting the Board assigns committee chairs and lays out the year ahead.

We acknowledge a number of members for years of service whether in attendance or not. The list includes recognition for service,starting with 10 years of service and continuing in 5 year increments. See the entirelist at end of this article.

Following the meeting, the Annual Trade Show was held which rounded off a great day. Following the Trade Show there was hospitality and plenty of sports talk, networking and sharing of stories before everyone turned in for the night.

On Thursday morning it was back to work as a number of breakout tracks were held at Ruttger’s. Our thanks to Dale Anderson for letting us use his wonderful facility for the STAR course all week. There were a record number of participant’s that worked on the ice during the IMPT educational track.

We thank our presenters for Thursday’s lectures including Ted Schick Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make - and How to Avoid Them group participation presiders including Craig Flor on Emergency Preparedness, Mark Bradley on Desiccant Dehumidification, Ricky Nelson from Century College on Internships and the Value they have, Jody Yungers for Recycling in Your Arena, Scott Ward for Ammonia Safety and Related Topics and Pam Muxfeldt for Concessions Stands, Vending machines and other Ancillary Income. Copies of each presentation will be posted on the website as they come in.

Later Thursday we dined and listened to John Gilbert, a long time hockey writer and author as our keynote speaker. John provided entertainment and gave a great perspective on many years of covering, watching and participating in hockey throughout the twin cities and Duluth. John’s success formula is really grass roots as he made many contacts including Herb Brooks during the 1980 Olympic season. The evening ended with a bonding session where participants showed off their skill in the bean bag toss tournament.

On Friday the conference wrapped up, but not without a day filled with break out sessions and final exams for the STAR groups. Our large group presenter was nationally acclaimed author Ross Bernstein who has written a number of books relating to sports and in particular hockey. Ross’s presentations were exciting and provided challenges for members to look at their operations and how to strive for perfection with each and everything we do including getting to know what motivates each person on your arena team. These very same ideas will help in working with key user groups, local governments, youth associations etc. Ross’s Champions Code was a two part program which left us laughing and marveling, while looking into great athletes and what motivates them. We thank Ross for coming to our conference and speaking with us.

Other breakout sessions on Friday included Mark Bradley leading a discussion on HVAC and Boiler Maintenance and Chuck Freiberg on the topic of design and architecture entitled, Is there an Architect on your Speed Dial. We would like to thank the presenters from Friday’s sessions and the great material we came away with.

Our stay at Ruttger’s wouldn’t have been possible with out the work of our Co-Chairs Dave Umlaff and Dean Mulso and the fine staff at Ruttger’s who followed through with all our requests!

We are in process of gathering feedback from the membership about the Fall Conference and presentation material. We will try to make as many presentation items available on our website as possible for those who couldn’t attend the sessions. Also check the photo tab for a recap of pictures taken at the conference.

Concept of the Year Awards


1st Place Bob Baltgavlis – Richfield Ice Arena – for his concept for fast and easy tie up of hockey goal nets. Bob’s concept uses 26’ of ¼’ rod stock about 50 ¼” clips and a number of self-tapping screws per net. To learn more about Bob’s concept we wil have it posted on the web site.

2nd Place Dean Mulso – Burnsville ice Center – for his cheap efficenct way to clean dasher boards by using Orange Oil Cleaner, Spray Bottle, Mr. Clean Mop and 3-4 Mr. Clean Magic Mop Heads, all in about 3-4 hrs with one person. Time will be less if there are two or more people working on the job.

Horror Story of the Year Award

Andy Baltgalvis- Bloomington Ice Gardens – for his problem trying to hold ice while getting a crankshaft fixed over a summer weekend while trying to keep ice. The fix was an $11,000 repair and of course had to be done over a weekend while watching the ice melt under summer conditions. All ended up ok when completed.

Service Awards

10 Year Service Awards                                                                                                    

David Holland                                   Graham Arena

Bill Owens                                          St. Thomas Ice Arena          


20 Year Service Awards                                                                                                    

Mary Pat Black                                 Brooklyn Park Community Center                   

Steve Lewis                                        Plymouth Ice Center                                                                                                                                                                                                         

25 Year Service Awards

George Malyuk                                 DECC

Rich Rakness                                     Retired

Bill Ruckle                                          Anoka Ice Arena

Clark Johnson                                   Anoka Ice Arena

Kevin Madsen                                   Willmar Civic Center

Rich Czech                                         Elk River Ice Arena


35 Year Service Awards

Mike Looker                                      Ralph Engelstad Arena

Outgoing Board Members

Bob Haala                                       New Ulm Civic Center

If aren’t sure you are on the list the office has with your years of service in a MIAMA facility or facilities send your name, arena and what year you started to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Going to the MN Wild Social?

Don’t wait – get your payment in before the price goes up!


MIAMA Night at the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, November 3, 2013 vs. the New Jersey Devils at 7pm
Come see the Minnesota Wild with your fellow MIAMA members & MIAMA vendors. Families are also invited!
Seats are on the Upper Level Sides.


Download the flyer and submit your RSVP today before the prices go up!



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Stevens Engineers, Inc. 2211 O'Neil Road, Hudson, Wisconsin P. 651.436.2075 F. 715.386.5819 1


36 participants overall

T-shirts – donated by All American Arena Products

High scores on individual stations:

  • Trap – Chad Johnson (Roseau) – 24 of 25 - MIAMA prize winner
  • 5 Stand – Bob Erickson (Anoka) – 17 of 25 – MIAMA prize winner
  • Coot – Scott Ward (Stevens) – 23 of 26
  • Skeet – Dale Anderson (Grand Rapids) – 22 of 25 – MIAMA prize winner

Team scores

  • Green Team – 259 points – Overall team winner each received $20 gift cards to Gander Mountain donated by Becker Arena Products:
    • Dale Anderson (Grand Rapids)
    • Mark Rasmussen (Apex)
    • RT Ragan (Mankato)
    • Douglas Hutson (Brooklyn Park)
    • Dan Halverson (Andover)
  • Skins Team – 257 points
  • Red Team – 255 points
  • Black Team – 242 points
  • Light Blue – 236 points
  • Purple Team – 223 points
  • Navy Team – 184 points

Giveaway winners:

  • $20 gift cards to Gander Mountain – donated by Becker Arena Products:
  • Erik Sutherland (Andover)
  • Benelli Super Black Eagle II 12 g ($1,300 value) – donated by Stevens, Rink Tec, and BJ Mulcahy Company: Gary Pietig (Apple Valley)
  • Benelli Montefeltro 12 g. ($1,100 value) – donated by BMIL Technologies, Hill Phoenix, Rapid Recovery: Douglas Hutson (Mankato)
  • Remington 11-87 SMAG 12 g ($1,100 value) – donated by Gartner Refrigeration, 292 Design Group, Nelson Rudie Associates: Brandon Radeke (Super Rink)
  • Mossberg 500 12 g ($800 value) – donated by HTG Architects and


Chuck Freiberg: RT Ragan (Mankato)

Pictures (if you want copies of these please email Scott Ward at Stevens: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

Picture 1 – RT Ragan gun winner

Picture 2 - Gary Pietig gun winner

Picture 3 – Brandon Radeke gun winner

Picture 4 – Douglas Hutson gun winner

Picture 5 – Group

Picture 6 – Purple team

Picture 7 – Light blue team

Picture 8 – Red team at trap station

Picture 9 - Black team at 5 stand

Picture 10 – individual at coot station

Picture 11 – social after shoot

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Ted Schick, Schick Corporate Learning

218 428-9211


The Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make-- and how to avoid them!

As presented during the 2013 Fall Conference 

  1. Fail to keep professional distance. Want to be friends. Want to be liked. Some professional distance is a must for good order and discipline. Easier to hold people accountable and reduces favoritism. It's okay to be friendly but being friends only causes problems in the long run.
  2. Fail to remember that they're being watched. Image is everything. Just because you are in a position of leadership doesn't mean that you're entitled to special treatment. Play by the rules. Remember that how you're viewed is everything. Protect your image.
  3. Fail to treat people the same while treating them all differently. Motivation versus accountability. Hold everyone equally accountable but motivate differently because your people are all individuals.
  4. Fail to keep their promises. Good leaders do what they say they will do! You have to come through for your people or you'll lose your credibility and reputation with your people. You serve your people.
  5. Fail to hold people accountable. Having hard conversations with your people is challenging. Have those conversations or problems only get worse! And when people on the team are not held accountable, it affects the morale of the entire team. As it applies to performance issues, intervene early and intervene often.
  6. Fail to give feedback. Too often employees expressed that the only time they heard feedback is when it's negative! Good leaders give feedback and often--- from a short 30 second kind word to a performance review. Don't assume your people know how you feel about them.
  7. Fail to develop or challenge their people. Stretch your people! Take them outside their comfort zone. They may initially not like it but people need to be challenged to stay engaged. Good leaders teach, good leaders mentor. You may be surprised as to what really motivates. True motivators include recognition, achievement, job interest, advancement and responsibility. Tap into these true motivators.
  8. Fail to be decisive. Right, wrong or indifferent, make a decision. Waffling shows weakness. You are being watched—even as it applies to decisions. Do something!
  9. Get stuck in today and fail to remember to keep your head up and stay on your vision. Don't get bogged down in day-to-day tactical fire fighting. As a leader, keeping your focus is paramount.
  10. Don't have a real sense of how they're doing as a leader. Be realistic with yourself. Ask the question of your people--- how am I doing for you? Listen to their feedback and adjust as necessary.