By Callie Kozak, Clinton student
When you hear ‘Clinton’ you may think about hockey and the Clinton Arena, a local historical landmark.
The Arena, established in 1953, in 2018 put Clinton on the map as Kraft Hockeyville USA, and has highlighted the importance of skating and hockey in the small community. This year repairs and upgrades will be made to the Arena roof and interior with some of the money won in the Hockeyville contest.
Stepping into the Arena, the rush of cold air on your skin generates excitement for the many activities offered at the arena. Anticipation grows as first time and returning skaters tie their skates.
Spectators gather and converse, looking forward to the upcoming event. Patrons using the upstairs walking track can get some exercise and chat while keeping an eye on the rink. Smiles reach the faces of those who come to the Arena.
Rising generations carry the legacy of Clinton hockey and figure skating. The Clinton Youth Hockey program and Clinton Figure Skating Club, both of which have been around since the establishment of the first Clinton Arena in 1948, teach young kids skating skills, along with the importance of structure and how to follow directions.
Skaters take pride in the Clinton Arena and its importance in the community.
The Empire State Winter Games Olympic Torch was brought to the Clinton Arena in February. This torch event travels to all arenas that send figure…