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Minnesota Wild Stadium Series tickets on sale!

Minnesota Wild Stadium Series tickets on sale!



Feel free to send out a message to MIAMA members regarding Stadium Series tickets:



FEB 20 and 21,  weekend event

Cost:  starting at $164.00 per ticket package (includes Alumni game on FEB 20 and Wild vs Blackhawks game on FEB 21)

Please call your Wild Hockey contact Chris Malek at 651-602-6039 to buy your Stadium Series ticket package.




On February 21, 2016 your Minnesota Wild® will face-off against Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks® in the first-ever NHL® outdoor matchup in the State of Hockey—the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™. This much anticipated game will be held at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus.



Chris Malek 

Minnesota Wild Hockey Club | 317 Washington Street | Saint Paul, MN 55102

P: 651-602-6039 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wild vs Blackhawks outdoors in February 2016!




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AED Project - MN NHL Alumni


MIAMA MEMBERS – If you don’t have an AED or AED’s in your facility as of today, here is a great opportunity to get one or two for free.  Please send all your information Steve Dowling at the email address at the bottom of this email.

Dean Mulso


AED Project - MN NHL Alumni


Per our discussion yesterday, attached is an invitational note to be forwarded to your arena manager with a suggested response time of "sooner the better" as we'll be ordering AEDs about December 1 based on the number of replies and our available $$$. Therefore, there is no guarantee that those who respond will get an AED in 2016.


We're in hopes that we can get AEDs to many, many needy arenas over the next couple of years as the project advances.


Dean, Thanks again for your energetic cooperation - its critical to success in placing AEDs!


Steve Dowling--

Minnesota NHL Alumni

Box 11133

Saint Paul, MN 55111-0133

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MIAMA Member Spotlight: Tom Schmitz - City of New Ulm Parks and Recreation

MIAMA Member Spotlight: Tom Schmitz - City of New Ulm Parks and Recreation
Name: Tom Schmitz
Organization Name: City of New Ulm Park and Recreation Department
Address: 122 South Garden Street
City: New Ulm
State: MN Zip:56073
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone #: 507-359-8339
Website: www.ci.new-ulm.mn.us

Tell us how you got into the industry?
By enjoying my part-time job at All Seasons Arena in Mankato while completing my bachelors degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services at Mankato State University in the mid 1980’s. I have been the Park and Recreation Director for the City of New Ulm since July 2005. New Ulm doesn’t have a typical “Arena Manager” position. With three large
buildings: Recreation Center 122 S. Garden St. (pool/fieldhouse/fitness centers), Community Center 600 N. German St. (seniors/arts/theater) and Civic Center 1212 N. Franklin St. (2 arenas), along with 43 parks units; we manage with a P&R Director, Assistant P&R Director Cheryl Kormann (sales/bookings/marketing/department operations), Buildings Crew Leader Bob Haala (maintenance/operations) and Parks Crew Leader Jim Hofmeister (maintenance/operations).

How many years have you been in the ice arena industry?
14 (and an additional 14 with MNDNR State Parks)

What is the best part about working in an ice arena?
Seeing smiles on the faces of participants, spectators and visitors.

Using one word, name one thing you love about working at a rink?
Diversity (of tasks).

Nobody’s perfect in this industry. Tell us your worst experience at a rink so far?
Having a Zamboni stop working in the middle of a resurface.

What are the first three things you do when you get to the rink each day?
Check voicemails, check emails and unlock the building.

How do you feel ongoing professional development is helping you and your career?
By learning new information and refreshing proven concepts.

How would you explain to the average hockey parent how the ice resurfacer works to resurface the ice?
Shaves off the top layer and puts water down to smooth and maintain the ice surface.

Who would you like to acknowledge for helping (mentoring) you along the way?
Paul Ostoff (retired) – Mankato MN, All Seasons Arena.

What is the best tip you have learned from any of the classes offered through MIAMA?
Proactively think, plan and manage for what is, or can be, coming next.

Jon Balvance
MIAMA Communications Director

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***UPDATE** 91 of 100 tickets sold to date!  Don’t be left out or pay more than necessary.


The first people to submit their registration form via mail WITH PAYMENT (Check, Money Order, Cashier’s Check or Cash) will receive tickets, in the order in which they are received via a post mark on the envelope.


Because of the high demand for MN Wild Group sales and the fact that the MN Wild sold more season ticket packages, they have limited us to receiving only 100 tickets.


Return your FORM and PAYMENT:

Rosemount Community Center

Jon Balvance

Attn: MIAMA Wild Social

13885 South Robert Trail

Rosemount, MN 55068-3438


We want to thank our social Sponsors for their support as well:

Let’s Play Hockey

Sport Resource Group

AIM Electronics Inc.


Becker Arena Products, Inc.

R & R Specialties



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November 2015 Monthly Board Member Update

By Dean Mulso

I have been in the ice rink business for 28 years. I remember my first few years as frustrating to say the least. I knew nothing about hockey and even less about ice rinks. The amount I had to learn and the resources I had to learn from were very far apart. My favorite phrase muttered by me often during that time was, “There must be a better way of doing things. There must be someone out there somewhere with all the information I am looking for, all in on place.” Then I found it, the Minnesota Ice Arena Manager’s Association. My learning curve soared through the roof. MIAMA offered me the experience of its membership, people with 20+ years of experience at the time, willing to mentor the “rookies.” There were vendor members, those in the business of supplying goods and services to the ice rink industry, ready to answer questions and show the latest in time and money saving equipment. There were safety issues addressed, how to make rinks safer for the customer and for the employee. Bleacher safety, air quality, fan behavior, MIAMA covered it all.

Now, at this point in my career, I cannot thank MIAMA enough for all the wonderful folks I have met over the years and for getting me on the right track. It feels strange now to be one of the mentoring veterans, answering questions and helping out. Lately, being a MIAMA board member has been another step in my learning process, for you see, I am still learning.

MIAMA is now taking an even stronger role in providing educational opportunities for its members. We continue to partner with the ISI and STAR to provide educational classes that directly benefit you and in turn will benefit your facility.

MIAMA has also looked inward to itself for training. With the rolling out of regional meetings, MIAMA will be able to take timely topics, cutting edge technologies and put that into a short meeting/lunch setting around the state of Minnesota throughout the year. The goal is to offer the membership more learning opportunities, closer to home.
Another goal of these meetings is the networking that we all do when we get together. The board of directors is currently finalizing the formatting and outline to present to the vendors so they can present topics at these meetings.

I believe it is all facilities mission to find the best way possible to economize, keeping items cost effective for our customers, and to provide a safe environment while customers in our facilities and to give them the best product possible. MIAMA will be actively working to give our membership the opportunity to fulfill this mission.

The board of directors will be meeting in February to set our Spring Workshop that will take place in May of 2016.

To find out more about MIAMA visit www.miama.org for all the latest information. This web site is one small example of the effort put forth by MIAMA and its members to serve you. Next time you go to your favorite rink, look for the MIAMA symbol. That’s smart.

Jon Balvance
MIAMA Communications Director

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