‘We’re just getting started’: Kraken Community Iceplex increases access to ice sports for all

The campus has hosted more than 250 community events and 30 field trips serving over 5,000 students.

SEATTLE – As Seattle Kraken prepares to begin its second season next week, the Kraken Community Iceplex, the team’s training facility, is working to make a positive impact in the community.

Kraken officials say that prior to the facility, there had been no ice rink in Seattle for 40 years. After its first year of operation, it brought ice skating and hockey to more than 1 million visitors.

Taylor Mulhern skates at the facility regularly and says the rink is much needed.

“Seattle was in dire need of a new ice rink, and we got it,” Mulhern said. “We have an ice rink out of all the ice rinks.”

Mulhern said she used to have to go to Kent, Everett or Shoreline to get on the ice.

This $90 million, 172,000-square-foot facility opened in the Northgate neighborhood of Seattle on September 9, 2021. It’s more than just a facility for the Seattle Kraken to practice, team officials said. also means an ice sports paradise for the community.

“We truly believe that hockey is for everyone, and we want to remove those barriers so that anyone can participate, who wants to participate,” said Andrew Bloom, Continuing Professional. Kraken’s community and youth outreach.

Over the past year, officials say nearly 5,000 people from diverse backgrounds have learned to skate and play hockey through various programs.

Establishment officials said they have also partnered with Starbucks. The facility has its own community store on the second floor of the facility that shares a percentage of its profits with Kraken’s One Roof and the Climate Pledge Arena. The Foundation is focused on making hockey and other ice sports more accessible, especially for BIPOC youth and girls.

“I think with only 17,000 customers we can still raise $80,000 for One Roof and giving back to the community is huge,” said Amber Molen, Starbucks Community Store Area Manager inside the facility. know.

Officials also said the facility has hosted more than 250 community events and 30 field trips, serving 5,000 students.

“I think we’re just getting started, and I think we’ll have an even bigger impact in the second year,” Bloom said.

https://www.king5.com/article/sports/kraken-iceplex-serving-community/281-4e448ee4-6253-4b26-af6a-5cc26f47ddb5 ‘We’re just getting started’: Kraken Community Iceplex increases access to ice sports for all

Edmund DeMarche

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