FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 13, 2017
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes unveiled a new outdoor DEK hockey rink at Luke Air Force Base (LAFB) in Glendale, Arizona today. The rink is strategically located next to the fitness center and pool grounds at the hub of all recreational activities for LAFB families. The cost of the project was $200,000.
"It's been an honor to partner with 56th Fighter Wing Deputy Mission Support Commander Lieutenant Colonel Haley Wijongi, 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski, Chief Master Sergeant Todd Kirsch and Executive Director of Fighter Country Partnership, Ron Sites on this exciting project," said Coyotes Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway. "The Coyotes are proud supporters of our military and we are thrilled to provide our troops with a new DEK hockey rink that they can enjoy all year round."
"We are excited about introducing DEK hockey to the Airmen and families of Luke Air Force Base," said Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski, 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief. "We are honored and deeply grateful to the Coyotes and to Fighter Country Partnership for their thoughtful generosity and support."
The Coyotes have identified a number of additional sites in the Valley where the next DEK hockey rinks will be constructed. These rinks will allow kids and adults access to newly constructed, outdoor hockey rinks with an opportunity to learn and play DEK hockey. Prime consideration for the placement of rinks will be in local city or county parks or adjacent to managed youth development facilities. Details regarding the new sites will be announced in the future.
"This is the beginning of a new initiative by the Coyotes, the NHL and the NHLPA to build several new DEK hockey rinks around the Valley and state," added Barroway. "The Coyotes are committed to the Valley and to growing the great game of hockey in our state. We are thrilled to launch this effort with our great friends and partners at Luke Air Force Base."
Video: Coyotes Unveil DEK Hockey Rink in Glendale