October 28th, 2009, 03:50 PM #11
The guys I play with here on LGK usually play 1 or 2 games a month at Toyota Sports Center in LA or at Glacial Gardens in Lakewood. The games are usually on the weekends. There are sign up threads in this forum with all the details. It's all pretty low key, have a few beers and skate out.
Yep, those were fun days in scaha. I still remember when our teams played a game at the polar palace and you throwing a hellacious check on one of our players at the south end of the rink where the boards were attached to a cinder block wall. ouch! lol.
I'll see if I can find you on facebook.
October 28th, 2009, 04:34 PM #12
I grew up in the Brea rink. My grandfathers senior team practiced and played there. Every weekend we'd go. And then he took me skating in a lot of those rinks as I was growing up.
And he played in the Pan Pacific for a lot of years too.
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November 16th, 2009, 11:45 AM #13
West Covina for me here. I miss that old barn. Was used for the Colorado Srings practice sequence in the made-for-tv movie, "Miracle on Ice". Lot's of memories there and still in touch with a couple of guys I used to play with back in the late 70's-early 80's.
November 23rd, 2009, 03:01 PM #14
This is a great thread.
I played at most of these old places.
I was a SCAHA guy on the South Coast Teams in the Late 70's early 80's.
I worked at both of the Costa Mesa rinks (and also a few times at Brea). Brea, Wittier, West Covina, Topanga, Pasadena, Santa Monica. My teams had some great battles and I had allot of fun in those places.
From the site it talked about a rink planned in southern OC but not build by Biff Reddin - I was one of the last guys he cut from a Jr team he was coaching and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. The guy wasn't really good for kids IMO. His son was pretty good though.
November 23rd, 2009, 03:46 PM #15
Great site. I played LAHA, Marina Cities at Culver and at Santa Monica, sounds like we might have played against each other at some point.
Originally Posted by Rocket
November 23rd, 2009, 07:31 PM #16
Biff opened the rink in Riverside off the 91 fwy @the La Sierra off ramp and Magnolia. I practiced w/his team he was trying to get into the old Senior A league out here. Rink was a nice place but had a freon problem in one of the corners. He had grandiousis plans i.e. restaurant /bar upstairs, first rate dressing room w/whirlpool tub, and contract w/NHL visiting teams to use the place as a practice facility. Edmonton and the gr8 one came in for a practice. Sold the place to a couple of dr.s who bailed as well. When shutting it down, the water from the ice flooded the adjoining bowling alley from what I was told.
Originally Posted by Rocket
Yes, Reddin's kid, who's name escapes me was pretty good.
Timing was everything for that place to be successful. They weren't established in youth or adult leagues on a regular basis. Place was dead on most public skating sessions.