Former University System of New Hampshire trustee Merle Schotanus dropped the ceremonial first puck at the inaugural hockey game at PSU’s new $16 million Ice Arena November 6, culminating a dream for him and many other Granite Staters.
|Left to right, Helen Schotanus, Merle Schotanus and PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. Merle displays the ceremonial ‘first puck’ dropped at the inaugural hockey game at PSU November 6.|
Schotanus was a tireless advocate for the facility, which was completed earlier this year. The 850-seat Ice Arena on Route 175-A encompasses the Gene and Joan Savage Welcome Center and the Hanaway Rink. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly ice arenas in the nation, with geo-thermal technology providing much of the building’s energy needs.
Plymouth State’s men’s hockey team christened the new facility with a 6-0 win over Southern New Hampshire University before a capacity crowd.
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