Trinity Celebrates New Ice Hockey Arena

Courtesy Trinity Sports Communications

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Trinity College men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, which have played their varsity home games at Kingswood-Oxford school and several other facilities and venues throughout their respective histories, will open the 2006-07 season in the newly-constructed Trinity Community Sports Complex.  The College’s new multi-use, athletic facility on the southern edge of campus will not only serve as home-ice for the Bantam men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, but will also provide opportunities for faculty, students, and staff to collaborate with the community through a variety of academic and athletic mentoring programs.  The Trinity women will christen the Complex’s Williams Ice Rink in its season opener against Wesleyan University on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. and the Trinity men’s team will host the Hamilton College Continentals that evening at 7:30 p.m.

Trinity’s new ice hockey home ice has a 200’x 90’ ice surface and can seat 1,300 spectators.  The rink also includes adequate wheelchair space and allows for up to nine hundred standing-room viewers. The Community Sports Complex also features two coach’s offices and a rink manager’s office, a training room, an equipment room, an ice resurfacing room that includes a resurfacing machine and an ice melting pit, six varsity team rooms, three community rooms, and a fitness room.  The College will host a dedication ceremony for the new facility over the weekend of January 20 and 21.

“We’ve been waiting years for this and its tremendously exciting,” states Trinity Director of Athletics Richard Hazelton.  “We now have the ability to schedule practices and games when we want to.  It took the efforts of many people and the cooperation of the entire campus as well as the local community to make this happen.”

The Bantam men, coached for its entire 33-year history as a varsity program by John Dunham, finished 2005-06 with a 13-10-3 record, qualifying for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the sixth consecutive season, and advanced to the semifinal round.  Trinity had reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2005.  The women’s team, coached by Andrew McPhee , finished last season with an overall record of 7-12-2 and came in eighth place in the conference with a league record of 3-11-2.  The Bantams, in just their ninth season as a varsity program, qualified for their first NESCAC Championship Tournament in 2004-05.