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Ford Ice Center Utilizes Crash-Padz for Teaching, Training

by Alexis Tahara / Nashville Predators

Ford Ice Center has been busier than ever over the last few weeks with countless amateur hockey practices and games, figure skating lessons, public skates and more. Patrons that have visited the facility recently have probably noticed the new movable boards on the rinks.

These “boards” are actually soft wall rink dividers called Crash-Padz, which enable Ford Ice Center to divide their ice into several smaller skating areas. The smaller skating areas, which enable different age and interest groups to use the ice at the same time, helps rinks maintain efficient use of their ice time and space, while also assisting in teaching and training some of the sports younger participants.

“When helping kids learn the basics of skating and hockey, they’re sometimes overwhelmed by the size of the rink and think they have to cover all the ice like they see older players do in games they watch,” Ford Ice Center Hockey Director Craig MacDonald said. “By dividing the rink into smaller areas, we’re giving the kids are more appropriately sized rink for their age group, helping promote both participation and competition.”

Not only do the Crash-Padz help break up the sometimes daunting scope of an NHL-size ice rink, but their foam material also provides a softer impact wall for those new to ice sports.

“We work hard to teach kids how to stop and fall properly, but offering a bit of a softer cushion when they’re first learning is another added benefit,” MacDonald said. “When it comes down to it, anything that can help get kids on the ice and get comfortable with skating and hockey, is an invaluable tool.”

About Ford Ice Center

Ford Ice Center offers daily public skate sessions and regularly announce new upcoming learn to skate and learn to play hockey programs in conjunction with the Nashville Predators Amateur Hockey Association. For more schedules and sign-up information, visit

About Crash-Padz

Versatile and useful for a wide variety of sports and activities on level surfaces, Crash-Padz come in several different sizes and can be transformed into countless configurations. For more information, visit

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