Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Statesmen hockey team, and the Statesmen Athletic Association have invited the community to celebrate and honor the generous people who made possible the recent renovations to the Geneva Recreation Center.
A ceremony is planned for 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Geneva Recreation Center on South Exchange Street, better known as The Cooler. Mike Hanna ’68, Director of Hobart Athletics, will offer the welcome; other speakers will include President Mark D. Gearan, Sen. Michael F. Nozzolio, Bernie Lynch of Lynch Furniture and Statesman hockey captain Shawn Houde ’08. The National Anthem will be offered by James S. Steele ’89 of Brockport.
Hobart hockey’s greatest fan, Betty Walther, will conclude the program with a ceremonial drop of the puck, and all are invited to the brand new press box for refreshments and to cheer on the Hobart Statesmen as they face off with Manhattanville at 4:05 p.m.
The Geneva Recreation Center is home to the Hobart Statesmen varsity hockey team and the Geneva Youth Hockey programs. Until this year, dedicated players, parents and fans have endured below freezing temperatures at the Geneva Recreation Center because it was the last remaining outdoor hockey rink in college hockey.
The Colleges and the Geneva community have long wished for the funding that would allow them to enclose the rink. On Nov. 1, 2006, that wish came true when Sen. Nozzolio announced a grant of $350,000 from the State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. This grant in combination with a contribution of nearly $400,000 from the Colleges, federal funding through Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, and other state, city and town monies made possible the building and rink to be enclosed with new insulation and a new dehumidification system. The roof peaks on each end of the rink have since been enclosed by insulated glass, donated by Guardian Industrial Corp., which has a manufacturing plant in Geneva. Lyons National Bank also contributed to the project.
The entire renovation project was lead by Geneva businessman, Bernie Lynch, of Lynch Furniture in downtown Geneva, working with Statesmen coach Mark Taylor, Geneva’s former mayor Don Cass; and other local and state representatives. The hockey team and Statesmen Athletic Association also salute C. Dixon Kunzelmann ’64, P ’93, a member of the HWS Board of Trustees, for his teamwork and passion. These people and their efforts are who will be honored and celebrated during this Day of Appreciation.
A story previewing the afternoon's events was printed in the Sunday, Jan. 20 issue of the Finger Lakes Times; read A little less brrr ….