MASSENA - When theres a break in the ice time, Massena Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey says he tries to schedule an impromptu shinny hockey session for $5 per player.
Now hes offering shinny hockey participants a chance to get a game for free.
Mr. Boprey said the Massena Recreation Department is now offering a shinny hockey card for $40. Like cards used at some businesses, its punched each time the player participates in a game of shinny hockey, up to eight times - or the equivalent of $5 per session.
But the kicker, Mr. Boprey said, is that the player earns a free game once theyve had their eighth game punched on the card.
Ive sold six or seven already, he said, noting that one person bought the card as a stocking stuffer for Christmas.
Mr. Boprey said the card makes it easier on the players and his staff.
That means the kids arent coming in here with cash trying to find five bucks. Plus they get one free. Thats a positive thing, he said.
The shinny hockey cards can be purchased at the Massena Arena office.
Shinny hockey sessions will likely be on the menu for the upcoming free holiday skating sessions, which are sponsored by local businesses and organizations during the holiday break when students are out of school.
Mr. Boprey said he has sent letters out to those organizations and businesses that sponsored free skating last year, as well as some newer ones, and the response has been enthusiastic once again.
The Elks Club check zooms in the door, he said.
Among the other organizations that sponsor free skating sessions are the Kiwanis Club, Harte Haven Shopping Plaza, Massena Savings and Loan and Phillips Memorial Home, which began the holiday tradition years ago. Mr. Boprey said Vino Vidi Vici, the restaurant located near the arena in the Harte Haven Shopping Plaza, has also joined in this year.
Well have a nice slate of free ice to offer the public of Massena, plus shinny hockey, he said.
Although the dates and times havent been set yet, winter break at the local schools begins Dec. 24.