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    BYGONE RINKS

    This guy pretty much has it correct.

    I found this site a while back. Pretty bland of a site,
    but informal. From 1970 on, most likely I skated
    these surfaces.

    Huge thanks to my Mom for taking the time to
    drive me to these places.

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    First time I ever went skating was at North Hollywood. Sad to see it gone.

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    Great find PTDP!

    I played SCAHA juniors at the Brea Rink (Brea Flyers) in the late 70's. Our arch rivals were the Whittier La Habra Polar Kings who wore the Forum Blue and Gold Kings colors. Newberry Park was in our league and that was the first rink I ever played at that had glass installed all the way around the boards. Norwalk was also in our league, didnt even know that rink had closed. I took my daughter skating there a couple summers ago. At norwalk they had the first Zamboni on display there, a converted WWII jeep with a scraper and water nozzles on the back. Norwalk wore the St Louis Blues uni's.

    Here's a pic of me at a pick up game at the old Brea rink with it all decked out for Christmas. Found it in an old box of photos at Grandma Jet's house. Check out that Marcel Dionne-esque Cooper helmet! Before they put those nets up, the pucks would sometimes go flying into the Mall Food Court!

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    Aw yes, the Brea rink. One of the handful of the "Ice Rink
    in the Mall" places. North Hollywood, Brea, Topanga,
    and Costa Mesa were the ones I remember.

    I gonna post a thread called "SCAHA or LAAHA, where did
    you play", but since Jets mentioned it, might as well discuss it here.
    I grew up playing at Pickwick in Burbank
    which I believe was LAAHA (Los Angeles Amature Hockey
    Assoc). There were lots teams at that time for both
    leagues. LAAHA would eventually merge into SCAHA.
    After that merge, the travel got a little crazy. We
    would have games scheduled to play teams in Santa
    Barbara or Antelope Valley or Costa Mesa on School
    nights @ 9pm. I'll try to dig up some photos.

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    wow this does bring back allot of memories. damn are we getting that old? yeah i remember all the mall rinks too. my first rink was the old van-nuys rink. small and uphill one direction. played for for more than a few along the way... burbank, conejo, culver city.

    its not the same now. sooo much more expensive! for "travel hockey" (which is just playing the teams around here like we used to do) is about $2500! ive got 2 boys so dont think that will happen.

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    i played for the whittier/la habra polar kings from the mid 70's to the early 80's,i remember all the old rinks...klondike,glacier falls,bay harbor,costa mesa..etc.all are gone now except bay harbor..i also coached in scha for ten years for ontario/riverside jets.love the pic of the old brea rink...i believe thats jake tynes in that pic...if it is wow been a long time jake..it's tony chattin here..used to hang out w/richard valero..been a long time..i still play for the oc outlaws for over 20 yrs..some of the guys are old scha players.funny..where does all the time go..very fond memories of old rivalries and battles won and lost on those old rinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceoutlaw View Post
    i played for the whittier/la habra polar kings from the mid 70's to the early 80's,i remember all the old rinks...klondike,glacier falls,bay harbor,costa mesa..etc.all are gone now except bay harbor..i also coached in scha for ten years for ontario/riverside jets.love the pic of the old brea rink...i believe thats jake tynes in that pic...if it is wow been a long time jake..it's tony chattin here..used to hang out w/richard valero..been a long time..i still play for the oc outlaws for over 20 yrs..some of the guys are old scha players.funny..where does all the time go..very fond memories of old rivalries and battles won and lost on those old rinks.
    That's Awesome! I remember Polar Ice rink very well and
    your club did in fact wear the purple and gold Kings colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iceoutlaw View Post
    i played for the whittier/la habra polar kings from the mid 70's to the early 80's,i remember all the old rinks...klondike,glacier falls,bay harbor,costa mesa..etc.all are gone now except bay harbor..i also coached in scha for ten years for ontario/riverside jets.love the pic of the old brea rink...i believe thats jake tynes in that pic...if it is wow been a long time jake..it's tony chattin here..used to hang out w/richard valero..been a long time..i still play for the oc outlaws for over 20 yrs..some of the guys are old scha players.funny..where does all the time go..very fond memories of old rivalries and battles won and lost on those old rinks.
    Hey Tony. Wow, it has been a long time. Since you still have your gear you should come out and play some pick up with us. If you still have that 1967 SS Nova I want to buy it from you!

    Great hearing from you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JETS GARAGE View Post
    Check out that Marcel Dionne-esque Cooper helmet!
    I had one of those in red! It actually went well with my red team sweater, but the bright green Cooper gloves clashed somewhat.

    I remember playing at the Arrowhead outdoor rink, it was colder than a witch's tit. Remember playing at Conejo as well; skated at the NH mall rink, although never played hockey there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JETS GARAGE View Post
    Hey Tony. Wow, it has been a long time. Since you still have your gear you should come out and play some pick up with us. If you still have that 1967 SS Nova I want to buy it from you!

    Great hearing from you!
    good to hear from ya jake,yup still have my gear..still play..where and when do u guys play?nope no nova bro..i wish i still had it..would be worth a fortune..find me on facebook..easier to talk there as i only check this once i a while.yea wore those god awful kings colors for a long time..was on the kings when i lived in chicago..miss the old days

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