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Newsletter Volume 14.  January 2017

We Are Officially Open!

On Thursday, January 26, over 300 people poured onto the Olympic ice rink for our first public skating session – and they’ve been coming in a steady stream ever since.  Nearly 600 people came through our doors during the first weekend of operation! Learn to Skate lessons for individuals of all ages and skill levels, and Adult Hockey and Youth Recreation Hockey Leagues have already started. Additional programming beginning soon includes:
  • Figure Skating lessons and competitions
  • Hockey clinics, camps, and tournaments
  • Hockey Academy
  • Sports Performance Center
  • Birthday Parties (call after Feb. 1 to schedule)
  • Corporate Events
  • Curling
  • Dry Floor Sports (roller hockey, indoor lacrosse, soccer and others)
We are proud to offer these programs to you and your families at this premier facility!  Check the schedule on our website and make plans to come out and get on the ice!

VIP Grand Opening Event January 25, 2017

The Tampa Bay Lightning's, Thunderbug and Florida Hospital Center Ice's, IC, face off during the ceremonial puck drop.
On January 25, 2017 Florida Hospital Center Ice hosted a VIP grand opening event to celebrate the opening of the facility.  Attendees included local politicians, community and business leaders, facility sponsors,  and individuals who played a key role in the development of this world-class facility.  Entertainment was provided by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - take a look at the photos, courtesy of Florida Hospital, below.
What better way to showcase what the facility is all about than an ice sculpture?
The knowledgeable Busch Gardens Tampa Bay staff answering questions about their Penguins for a group of attendees.
The exciting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay stilt walkers striking a pose in the lobby.
Left to right: George Mitchell, Florida Hospital Center Ice; Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano; Jay Feaster, Tampa Bay Lightning; Gordie Zimmermann, Florida Hospital Center Ice; Matt Sammon, Tampa Bay Lightning; Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore; Hope Allen, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce; Denyse Bales-Chubb, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

Construction Update 

Construction is completed on all areas except the restaurant build-out!  Take a look at the photos of the facility below.  The restaurant is expected to be completed soon.
Facility Exterior
View from the South player's bench of the Busch gardens Tampa Bay Rink
View from the North player's bench of the Busch gardens Tampa Bay Rink
Over 700 pairs of hockey and figure skates ready for the next public skate session.

Florida Hospital Wellness Tip

Jumping for Performance – Incorporating Jump Training Into Your Training Program:  

There’s a big reason the vertical jump is tested at the NFL, NHL, and NBA entry draft combines: It’s the gold standard of power display and tends to carry over to every sport on the planet. Someone who can produce force at a fast enough rate to jump high is more likely to be fast on the ice than someone who can’t. Here are some tips on how to incorporate jumps into your training.

  1. Make sure you’re fresh. You want to jump early in your training session to get the most out of it and reduce likelihood of injury.
  2. Utilize box jumps in order to decrease the stress put on your body. Landing from jumps is highly demanding on the CNS and the box shortens the fall. Make sure the box is no higher than one that would allow you to land in a quarter squat.
  3. Keep the volume low. Sets should be no more than 5 reps in order to keep the power production high.
  4. Practice landing. It may sound remedial but the most injuries occur during deceleration (landing) both in the gym and on the ice. Landing in good positions (hips back, chest dropped, toes pointed straight ahead) will also have a training effect that will lead to improved strength.
Follow these tips to get the most out of your jump training and improve your athleticism on the ice!  

Connor Lyons, CSCS, PES Florida Hospital Center Ice - Sports Performance Director

Create An Account With Us -Registrations Are Filling Quickly-

Click HERE to create an account to receive current information about program registration and information. Several program registrations have opened and more will be coming soon - this is the only way to ensure you receive the information first and the only way to register!

Learn to Skate!

Learn to Skate registration for our late March series will open in mid February!  If you missed the sig-up for the January series or couldn't make it, don't miss out again.  Visit our Learn to Skate page here to read the information and register for classes! Registration is available for beginner and intermediate classes. Advanced classes will be available for registration soon.

Public Skate and Other Public Programs

Our public sessions have been a big hit and we thank you!  In addition to public skating, we also offer figure skating freestyle and stick & puck sessions.  Check our website for more information about each program and the daily schedule.
Advertising Opportunities Are Still Available!
We still have some availability in the facility for advertisers.  We offer dasher boards, digital signage, and even in-ice logos.  An advertisement inside our facility is an excellent way to increase awareness of your company and bring new customers through your doors. Email us today to lock in a deal for your company's name to be featured at Florida Hospital Center Ice!
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