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New Den for Wolfpack Hockey

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The brand new ice rink at MB Arena

The brand new ice rink at MB Arena

The brand new ice rink at MB Arena

Mia Rugai '19, Sports Editor

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As winter approaches, so does hockey season, along with the opening of a brand new facility. MB Ice Arena brings great things for the future of the Wolfpack: advanced equipment, fresh ice, and a designated Ignatius locker room.

Marcus Mathurin ’19 (bottom left) at the grand opening

Ignatius locker room at MB Arena

Marcus Mathurin ’19 represented Ignatius hockey at the grand opening of MB Arena along with the other representatives of teams utilizing the facility, among them: Blackhawks Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. “The inspiring experience sets the stage for our future as a team,” Mathurin explained, “It was a honor to represent the school and have the chance to first use the state of the art facilities.”

The rink is an easy ten minute commute from Ignatius, allowing for more time for practices and more efficient workouts than those at the Odeum in Villa Park, the previous arena the team used. The Ignatius-only locker room is also a much needed feature; the players can now leave their equipment and watch film, all in their own room.

Sharing such a facility with the Blackhawks adds a certain pressure to the team and their future performances. “There are always lots of eyes on us, we feel obligated to perform well,” teammate Chris McFarland ‘19 explained, “We know most high school teams don’t get this opportunity, so we are going to take advantage of it”. Coaches, representatives, and players of the Blackhawks are around the facility most of the time, giving them all the more reason to perform. So far, the Pack has proven themselves, as they currently lead the Catholic League with a 10-2-1 record and are ranked as one of the top ten hockey teams in Illinois.

The arena provides all of the elements that meet the needs of fans: clean stands, concession stands, and a positive atmosphere. Grab your jersey and support the Pack at one of their home games!

 

the weight room at MB Arena

The lobby at MB Arena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the hockey season and schedule, visit:

http://www.ignatius.org/athletics/winter-sports/hockey/schedule-results-updates/

Link to promotional video – https://t.co/B4nqcIPuTT

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