PSU Celebrates First-Ever Hockey Game at New Ice Arena

October 15th, 2010 by Adam

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.

Helen and Merle Schotanus with PSU President Sara Jayne Steen
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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