Loomis Chaffee opens rink for community skating

By Judy Henderson - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 8, 2011
Skating is always a little easier when holding your dad’s hand. Photos by Judy Henderson.
Skating is always a little easier when holding your dad’s hand. Photos by Judy Henderson.

Loomis Chaffee School’s Savage Johnson Rink was a spirited place on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 4, as Windsor residents and Loomis Chaffee alumni joined the school’s students and faculty for an afternoon of fun on the ice at the first of many open skating sessions.

During the first hour, hockey players and enthusiasts whipped pucks at Caleb Rudnicki, a Loomis Chaffee JV goalie, while he did his best to deflect as many as many as possible. An open net at the other end of the rink was far less popular, despite posing much less of a challenge.

As families started arriving, pucks and nets were cleared from the rink to make way for the free-skaters. After laces were tied and coats zipped, a small parade of kids clutching the hands of their parents began hitting the ice - some quite literally. Most either hung on until they got their “skating legs,” while others made their way along the boards. But in no time at all, whole families were circling the rink.

Carmon Rivera, whose daughter Daniella and son Danny were there to enjoy both the hockey hour and some free skating, explained that her kids began skating right there at the Loomis Chaffee rink in the school’s Learn to Skate Program.

Also looking on was Joe McAuliffe, whose sons Jimmy - who plays hockey with the Windsor High School Wave - and Tommy - who just enjoys knocking the puck around - practiced their stick work.

And as the Loomis Chaffee boys’ and girls’ varsity teams began arriving to suit up for a late afternoon game to follow, it was clear that the two hours of open rink time shared with the community were greatly enjoyed and much appreciated.

The Savage Johnson Rink at the Loomis Chaffee School will be open to the residents of Windsor, school alumni, and members of the community and their families on the following Sunday afternoons: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29; and Feb. 12, 19 and 26. From 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., hockey players are welcome, with helmets and facemasks required. Free skating takes place from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Visitors must bring their own skates and other equipment.


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