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Thrill of the ice

Tim Parsons

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Time flies – perhaps not as quickly as Pavel Bure on a fast break – but the years do move ahead.

South Lake Tahoe’s long-coveted ice arena is already heading into its fourth season. More than 300 players participated last year, and that figure is sure to grow this fall. With the nearest ice rinks being at Squaw Valley and Roseville, the South Shore is the regional hub for youth and adult recreation hockey players.

However, the sport here is still in its genesis and players of all levels are welcome to come give it a try.

For children, starting as young as 5 years old, there will be controlled scrimmages on Wednesday. Call Bob Pelkola at (530) 542-0277 to determine which level to compete. The low-division scrimmage at 5:15 p.m., the mid-division scrimmage at 6:20 p.m. and the high-division scrimmage at 7:45 p.m.

The youth leagues for high division will be Mondays at 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. with rotating practices and games every other week. Youth lows will practice Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., with mids from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Games for lows and mids are on Saturdays.

There will be three divisions in the adult leagues with games on Monday, Wednesday and Sundays.

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Free agent players can sign up and will be assigned to teams.

There will be drop-in skating Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and stick-handling time Sunday at 5:15 p.m., followed by pick-up action at 6 p.m.

On Monday from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. there will be parent-child stick time, and a drop-in game at 9:15 p.m. There will also be a drop-in games Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

For children there will be stick time Sept. 10 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45. Adult stick time/drop-in will be Sept. 10 and 11 from 5:15-6:45 p.m. At 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 adults will gather for a rules and captains’ meeting.

To work as a referee or scorekeeper, call Pelkola.

Public skates are every Monday 7 to 9 p.m. with the family night rate of $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents.

For schedule updates, see the Web site at, or call (530) 542-6262 or come by the rink at 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd.