MASSENA - The ice hasnt been installed yet for the 2013-14 winter season at the Massena Arena, but the schedule is already filling up.
Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey said his staff will be firing up the compressors at the end of September for the start of the ice season on Oct. 7.
Theyll go all week and into the weekend, he said.
The ice would normally be put in around Columbus Day, Mr. Boprey said, but it was moved up a week this year because the holiday doesnt fall until Oct. 14, and theyll need the ice earlier than that.
Many of the arenas regular winter users have already booked their ice time for the season, he said.
High school hockey, the boys and girls are booked in. Figure skating (the Massena Figure Skating Club) is booked in, Mr. Boprey said.
Massena Minor Hockey is in the midst of its registration campaign and will also be booking their ice time, according to the recreation superintendent.
The arena will once again be hosting the Industrial Hockey League tournament this year, after it had been played at other venues the past two years. The 2011 tournament, the last time it was held at the Massena Arena, raised money for Melissas Closet, which provides free prom dresses to area high school students.
Eight teams took part in that benefit tournament, including the New York Power Authority, St. Lawrence Gas, Alcoa, Massena Teachers, Corrections Officers, Op-Tech, and municipal teams from Massena and Louisville.
This winters tournament is scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. Jan. 31 and from 8 to 10 a.m. and 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1.
Also scheduled for Feb. 1 - in between the Industrial Hockey League tournament - are the Massena Figure Skating Club, a high school girls hockey playoff final if necessary and the Massena Central boys varsity hockey team squaring off against the Potsdam Sandstoners at 1:30 p.m.
Thats our biggest crowd of the year, Mr. Boprey said.
He said ice time has also been scheduled for the 2014 Massena Cup outdoor hockey tournament in case some games need to be played inside because of the weather. The tournament, which is held as part of the Massena Winter Carnival, was moved inside last January because warm outdoor temperatures prevented the recreation department from laying down a good coat of ice in the outdoor arena annex.
That tournament featured 20 teams from areas that included Massena, Akwesasne, Plattsburgh, Syracuse, and as far away as North Carolina.
Mr. Boprey said the 2014 tournament has been scheduled for the evening of Jan. 17 and all of Jan. 18.