WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – The Epic Center will be getting a new roller hockey rink. The rink will be installed by September 4, 2018. The new roller hockey rink is a product of Athletica Sports Systems. Athletica Sports Systems has installed rinks for 29 of 31 NHL teams, and across North America
Atheltica Sports Systems is the “… Preferred Rink Equipment Supplier to the National Hockey League®, the American Hockey League, and USA Hockey,” according to athletica.com.
The rink is a variant of The PRO Series. The dimensions of the new hockey rink will be 185’ x 85’, and will feature two player doors on each bench, and a door for a Zamboni. The kickplates will be yellow and a half inch thick. The boards will be white and made of T-5 tempered aluminum alloy box extrusions. These boards are specifically designed for all rinks by Athletica Sports Systems, and meet some of the highest engineering standards.
“The PRO Series boards have been independently tested by an engineering firm, and did not fail at 2 ½ times the prescribed engineering standards,” according to athletica.com.
In addition to getting a new hockey rink, The Epic Center will be lowering the team fee for each of the next four sessions. Epic Center will also be changing their scheduling format. The Epic Center will also be introducing new days to play during Sessions III and IV. For Session III there is an option to play in a Friday league, and for Sessions III and IV there is an option to play in a Sunday league.
The Epic Center will be making changes to their regular season format as well. Regular season games will go to a three minute overtime, then a sudden death shootout. Teams will be awarded three points in for a regulation win, two points for an OT/shootout win, one point for an OT/shootout loss, and zero points for a regulation loss. Teams will then be seeded by the total number of points they’ve accumulated over the regular session.
Each team will now be guaranteed to play at least one playoff game. Each team will have the potential to play two additional games for each session depending on how well they do in the playoffs. The playoffs will be single elimination, with ties games being decided in a sudden death overtime period.
In addition to each player receiving t-shirts, and a spot on the Wall of Champions, league champions will be engraved on a brand new trophy, made by Covered Wagon Promotions (picture coming soon). For each session, the top goal scorer, top playmaker, and top goalie of each division will receive a custom plaque featuring their photo, name and session stats engraved on it.
Progress pictures and a promotional video debuting the new rink will be released on Epic Sports Report and epic-center.com in the near future. Be sure to follow @epicctr on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.