FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 3, 2018
ARLINGTON, VA - The Washington Capitals announced today the completion of four street hockey rink refurbishments in Virginia and Maryland.
Throughout the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, the Capitals used funding from the National Hockey League’s Industry Growth Fund (IGF) to renovate the rinks. $600,000 was awarded to initiatives focusing the growth and ball and street hockey. Another $250,000 was focused on diversity, which the Capitals utilized to launch a district-wide street hockey curriculum across DC Public Schools in 2016. The Capitals contributed an additional $284,000 toward the growth of youth hockey in support of the project.
The Capitals refurbished each rink to make them safer and usable year-round by adding durable Sportcourt flooring branded with the Washington Capitals logo. In addition, the Capitals replaced or repaired other features like flooring, boards, benches, scoreboards and fencing as needed with the help of Riley Manufacturing out of Ontario, Canada.
To further encourage the growth of the game, surrounding schools will be receiving full sets of street hockey equipment in conjunction with the refurbishment.
The Capitals are working with local counties and municipalities to refurbish another 5-7 rinks in Maryland and Virginia during the upcoming 2017-2018 season.
Courtesy of: www.capstoday/monumentalsportsnetwork.com
Before and After Video
Over the last little while, we have been inundated with requests from municipalities, facilities and Minor Hockey organizations regarding rink dividers. Since Hockey Canada's announcement (June 2017) and implementation of smaller playing surfaces for youth/tyke hockey players, there has been so many questions asked regarding suitable and economical rink divider systems.
Being a hard-fast traditionalist when it comes to my sport, I admit, I took a very opinionated, conspiracy theory, stance against the cross ice concept. "I learned on full ice...my son learned on full ice...the system is not broken...this is just another cash grab by splitting two hours of ice time into one!......grumble, grumble, grumble"
Well I will admit it now...I believe I was wrong. I have researched, read studies & articles, that have changed the opinion of even this Stubborn Old School Hockey Guy. (I still say no to the Blue Puck though...that's just stupid!) I Wont bore you with these details that changed my stubborn mind here, but I suggest you look for yourself...see if you still feel the same way
The Fact is "Cross Ice" programs are not a new concept. As a matter of fact USA Hockey beat Hockey Canada to the punch by...oh...about 8 years! Yes...you read that right...OUR GAME!....Hockey Canada!..has adapted and is following the lead of USA Hockey!
"When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey."
So now begs the question....Um...hello?..What do we do now?
Well this means you will have to invest in some rink dividers for your facilities...and Yes...someone is gonna have to pry open some budgets and wallets. This undertaking has also spurred on some debate as to which type of divider system to purchase. Traditional Dasher Board Dividers or Foam Rink Divider Partitions?
The purpose of this is to show you some the benefits of a Traditional Dasher Board Divider over their foamy counterparts. Foam Rink Dividers come in many different heights, and this is where the cost difference is.
12" (1 Foot High from Ice Surface)
24" (1.8 Foot High from Ice Surface)
42" (3.5 Foot High from Ice Surface) (Standard Board Height)
For the Purpose of this comparison we will concentrate on the 42" High Boards.
Foam Dividers are lighter in weight and therefore easier to set up and dismantle.
(Imagine carrying a queen size mattress by yourself. Heavy enough to be a nuisance, and just the wrong amount of awkward to handle)
Foam dividers come in sections measuring approximately 120"(L) x 42"(H) x 18"(W). This is about 52.5 Cubit feet of of high density impact foam. They are far from light weight. Fact of the matter is because of the size and that foam is more pliable, it makes it more difficult to manage position. This in turn will mean that they will be dragged into position, and will likely tear or rip over time .
Traditional Aluminum dividers are harder and heavier to set up.
Aluminum Dividers do sound like they are heavy, but in reality the weight difference is inconsequential. Also since the dividers are durable, hard, strait sections, that click into place it makes it easier to maneuver and install. No more wet Velcro or worn straps. With our twin slide connectors, it is basically a quick plug and play system.
Repair & maintenance costs are less expensive with foam dividers
There are about 2 main concerns about repairs when it comes to foam dividers.
Aluminum Dividers are more expensive to purchase
Actually no! They are less expensive. If you are shopping 42" Aluminum vs. 42" foam, the Aluminum is actually cheaper. The only time it works out to be more expensive is when you compare a smaller size like a 12" or 22" divider. Even then when you review the capabilities, durability and over all quality, even the 22" may seem like a poor value for the price difference.
Here is a more Comprehensive comparison. Contact your friends at Riley for more information.
Aluminum rink dividers vs. foam rink dividers
'Proud Partnerships, Build Strong Communities"...I can feel your collective eye rolls now! This sentence is typically reserved and normally heard during an election campaign...seen on a boardroom motivational poster...or part of some hyped up "Buzz Speech" given by some CEO on a corporate retreat!
However, when you really think about it...this statement is, or should be the cornerstone of everything we as a society should strive to accomplish everyday. Whatever happened to the age old saying that starts with.... "It Takes a village....". We have all been guilty of shopping at big box stores for their convenience and lower prices over a local farmers market or small independent bodega. Why is this now the norm? Well that is a discussion for another time and platform.
Instead I would like to highlight some of the proud partnerships, we at Riley; have developed and grown with over the years.
Each one of these organizations have committed to building Rinks to grow the sport of hockey, increase physical fitness among youth and give kids opportunities that they may not have ever had. Riley has been a partner on many of these projects over the years and are looking forward to building more community facilities going forward with these great organizations.
For More Info on these great foundations and how the give back, click on the links below.
The Pittsburgh Penguins - Project PowerPlay
The Ottawa Senators Foundation - Sens Rink
The Washington Capitals - Caps Cares Programs
The Washington Capitals strive for success both on and off the ice. As a professional sports franchise with deep roots in and around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the Capitals are committed to making a difference in the local community. It is our goal not only to build an excellent team with positive role models for young people, but also to create and maintain community programs that encourage participation in hockey, serve to educate today's youth and assist those in need
Today we are preparing to ship our next custom build Dasher Board System! What makes this particular system more interesting is, these boards are travelling over 15,000 kms to get to its final destination. Farther than any system we have built before, and will be part of a massive, over a HALF MILLION Square Foot sports, entertainment & community complex!
Singapore's first integrated community hub, in Tampines, will have a performing arts theater and sports and recreation facilities including a 5,000-seat stadium with a Fifa- approved football pitch.
The Tampines Hub began opening in stages in November 2016. The 5.3 hectare project, which is the size of about seven football fields, sits on the site of the former Tampines Stadium and Sports Hall. The People's Association-led project will offer residents a range of services and facilities under one roof, such as a five-story regional library, community club programs and more than 100 shops.
By November, residents can expect a one-stop public service center to access government agency services, an 800-seat hawker center and a Home Team NS Club with sports programs at the hub.
It will also house a communal kitchen by November for seniors to socialise while preparing, cooking and having meals together.
The initiative by the Community Chest, the fund-raising and engagement arm of the National Council of Social Service, aims to strengthen bonds between older people living alone, and help them share their skills and knowledge.
"It's a good idea to have a hub which centralizes so many services so that we don't need to run all over the place".
MADAM PAULINE NG, 50, an engineer who has lived in Tampines for more than 20 years. She is looking forward to using the sports facilities and and the library.
From January 2017, the gym, karaoke and bowling facilities will be ready. And by August next year, amenities such as the swimming complex, performance arts theater and library will open.
All of us at Riley are thrilled to be small part of this community project and amazed by the design and co-operation of every body involved!!
Karaoke @ The Tampines Hub has now been added to my Bucket List!
Flashback...July 1985....2 Major events occur....Marty McFly immortalizes a time travelling Delorian & Riley Manufacturing designs and patents a revolutionary new magnetic baseball base system.
Fast forward 30 years later, while we all can recall our favorite part of the original trilogy (Hello...Hoverboards...like duh?!) ....we never anticipated that the Riley MagBase would become the industry standard it is today. Often imitated the Riley MagBase is the original Magnetic Breakaway Safe Base System!
Surprisingly enough there are still many organizations and leagues that still use the traditional "spike in the ground" bases, instead of the safer magnetic base systems available out there. Well, its 2017....30 years later, we have experienced the largest spike in demand for the Riley Magbase ever. (I wonder if Marty & Doc would have predicted this ?)
If you are a part of a Baseball organization, association, parent group, or even beer league and you are still using old bases that are due for an upgrade for next season....then get your baseball diamond on track and back to the future of baseball safety.
Call Riley.....The Original, the best!
(BTW....We are still working on those hoverboard designs)
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Well to be more accurate...Vancouver!
Although the movie is being shot under the production title of "Love Machine", those in the know will quickly realize that this misnomer is only to throw off 'Fanboys' as to its real title..."DEADPOOL 2". Starring everyone's favorite "Merc with a Mouth" and smart-ass Canadian Ryan Reynolds.
That's right! Last week, Riley supplied the production company with a set of professional hockey goal frames, in what we hope will be part of some sort of huge epic battle scene, in the upcoming film! If you remember the first film, where Mr. Pool chased a bad guy, albeit slowly, to his death with a Zamboni!
Be sure to check out the movie, slated for release sometime in March 2018, and make sure you keep a keen eye out for what Deadpool has planned for our Hockey Nets!
Everyone has their own use for that bottom floor of the house. Whether it is a Family Room, Home Office, Man Cave, Craft Corner or just the creepy unfinished area you store all the stuff you haven't used for the past 5 years. Lets not forget that treadmill and home gym you thought was a good idea a few New Years resolution's ago!
Have you ever seen that video of Sidney Crosby as a kid, in the basement of his Cole Harbor home? There he is lighting up his mothers washer and dryer like its game 7 of the Stanley Cup final! Well there is a growing trend that takes the family basement to a whole new level. Especially for the hockey enthusiast! No longer will you have to worry about damaged walls, or shell shocked appliances, because personal shooting pads with synthetic ice surfaces are now a common thing!
You might have seen in our previous blog post, that Sid the Kid himself has upgraded from the washer and dryer to his own personally customized shooting pad, built by Riley!
This isn't only reserved for the rich and famous....You too can have your own basement rink, shooting pad or mini stick arena! It is very economical, and practical way to use that unused space to help your hockey kid become the next great one! (or at the very least save your appliances and fragile boxed knick knacks!)
Here is a few photos from our most recent basement rink. Built in Kleinburg, Ontario!
Contact Riley for more details on how