The OhioHealth Chiller North ice rink in Lewis Center plans a $5 million expansion that will add a third sheet of ice along with additional locker room and shower facilities.
The move is in response to growing demand from youth and amateur hockey and skating programs, according to owner JMAC Inc.
The announcement comes one month after another group said it plans to build a $12 million ice rink and training facility near I-270 and Sawmill Road on the Far North Side.
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Greg Kirstein still has big dreams for the Capital Hockey Conference.
Kirstein helped form the central Ohio high school league in 2003 while working with the Dublin High School Hockey Association. The CHC consisted of seven teams in its inaugural season in 2003-04 and now, in its 15th season, is comprised of 14 varsity and 12 junior varsity teams.
Kirstein, a senior vice president and general counsel for the Blue Jackets, would like to see the league continue to expand.
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The 16th edition of the Adam Allgeyer Memorial Showcase, an event hosted by the three Dublin schools, takes place Thursday through Sunday. The six-team field features five members of the Capital Hockey Conference: the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks and CHC White Division rivals Olentangy Orange, in addition to CHC Red Division members Dublin Jerome, New Albany and 2017 state semifinalist Olentangy Liberty.
Padua Franciscan of the Great Lakes Hockey League rounds out the group.
Jerome comes in with the hot hand, having won four of their first five games of the season, including a 3-0 win over New Albany in their opening game of the Chiller Thanksgiving Classic last week. The Celtics were last year’s CBJ Cup winner and advanced to the Columbus District semifinal.
The Eagles, meanwhile, have a chance to avenge last week’s loss in today’s tournament opener when they go head-to-head with the Celtics.
The Shamrocks of Dublin Coffman are hoping to use this tournament as a spark after a 1-4-1 start. They have played a challenging schedule, playing two Red Division opponents, as well as the Saint Ignatius Varsity Blue squad, at the Chiller Thanksgiving Tournament. The Rocks play division rival Orange in a re-match of last year’s tournament championship game, as well as Red Division power Jerome and Padua, in the preliminary round here.
Olentangy Liberty opened their season at the 38th annual Bowling Green Thanksgiving Tournament last week, going 2-0-1 with wins over a pair of Northwest Hockey Conference members – Bowling Green and Findlay.
The Olentangy Orange Pioneers come in on a four-game winning streak, having claimed the varsity Red Division title at the Chiller Thanksgiving Classic with a 4-3 shootout win over Olentangy. They would like nothing more than to defend this tourney title as well, having defeated Coffman by a 7-2 score in the final a year ago.
Padua is looking to get some momentum going before their open their GLHL slate next week. They have managed just three goals in their first four games – all losses at the Walsh Jesuit Thanksgiving Tournament.
All six teams will play three preliminary round games using the five-point system (two points for a win, plus one point for each period). The two teams that collect the most points will meet in Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. championship game while the others will be paired off in consolation games.
There is also an eight-team JV division as part of the event.