Weekly Feature



2018-11-08 / Business

Epic Center debuts new roller hockey rink

by HOLLY N. LIPKA
Editor


Daniel Cirino, a Team Rampage member of the Buffalo Warriors Inline Hockey League, plays on the new rink at the Epic Center on Saturday morning. Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Daniel Cirino, a Team Rampage member of the Buffalo Warriors Inline Hockey League, plays on the new rink at the Epic Center on Saturday morning. Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Athletic Sports System, a manufacturer and installer of 29 NHL hockey rinks, recently installed a new roller hockey rink in the Epic Center, at 2793 Wehrle Drive, near Transit Road, in Lancaster. To celebrate the new 85-by-185-foot rink, the Epic Center will offer a new roller hockey program with more games in each eight-week session.

“It’s a large investment for us, but we think it will pay off down the line,” said owner Mike Weis. “It’s a fast-paced sport, and it’s something people can do outside in the summertime, or inside at the Epic Center.”

The next session of adult roller hockey will start on Nov. 20 and end Jan. 6. The program offers a single-elimination playoff format where even the lowest-ranking team in league play can still win the championship.

Teams may have up to 18 players on their roster. All players must be 18 years or older, or be 17 with registration documents signed by a parent. Team captains must be 21 or older.

Play in the roller hockey games will be 5-on-5 for two, 22-minute halves, which includes four skaters and one goalie. All games will be played using a puck and a two-referee system. There will also be a five-minute warm-up period before each game.

The champions of the league will receive T-shirts and be recognized on a new trophy. A team picture will also be emailed to the team captain after the championship game and be mounted to the Epic Center’s Wall of Champions.

The games are currently held twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but will be held four days a week in the upcoming sessions with additional games scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays.

Next year’s sessions of roller hockey will be held from Jan. 7 to May 12 and May 13 to Aug. 31. Those who participate in the January through May session and enroll in the May through August session will receive a $230 discount.

The Epic Center also provides roller hockey instruction and league games for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. To learn more, email buffalowarriorshockey@gmail.com.

To register for the next session of adult roller hockey or learn more about the new program, visit www.epic-cen ter.com or call 565-3742.

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