SAN JOSE – The Ice Skating Institute (ISI) recognized Sharks Ice employees Jon Gustafson, Candy Goodson, David Hicks for their work at the ISI Ice Arena and Conference Trade show in Las Vegas on June 1-4, 2010.
Gustafson was awarded Arena Owner/Operator of the Year as the General Manager of Sharks Ice at San Jose. The award is presented to the owner or operator of an ISI Administrative member facility who has demonstrated superior leadership and skills in facility management and operation, and has utilized ISI programs, events and resources to increase participation, improve quality of services and enhance productivity.
Goodson was awarded Woman of the Year by ISI as the Director of Skating at Sharks Ice at San Jose; the award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Ice Skating Institute and its programs and purposes during the past year.
Hicks, while not receiving a specific award from ISI, was also acknowledged for his work at the Oakland Ice Center as their skating director.
ISI was founded in 1959 as a nonprofit organization for owners, operators and developers of ice skating facilities. ISI has become the industry trade association for progressive ice skating facilities, managers, coaching professionals, suppliers and individual skaters.
Sharks Ice at San Jose is hosts many large events at their facility every year. In 2009, Sharks Ice hosted the ISI World Recreational Team Championships from July 27 – August 1. The World Recreational Team Championships is the largest ISI national competition event each year. In addition, Sharks Ice also played host to the CANLAN Canadian Adult Hockey Championships in May 2009, the North American Hockey League Prospect Tournament in February 2010, and the USA Hockey Pacific District Championships in March 2010.About Sharks Ice at San Jose
Sharks Ice at San Jose is the official practice facility of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The nearly 170,000 square-foot facility accommodates ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, curling, speed skating, ice dancing, and public skating. Sharks Ice at San Jose, along with Sharks Ice at Fremont and the Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice currently holds the largest number of Adult USA Hockey participants of any facility in the nation (more than 3,000). Sharks Ice at San Jose features a Pro Shop, large meeting and party spaces, as well as Stanley’s Sports Bar, a full service restaurant that overlooks three of the four rinks. Sharks Ice at San Jose is located at 1500 South 10th Street in San Jose, California, at the intersection of Alma and Tenth Street. It is the largest indoor ice facility west of the Mississippi River and is one of only seven rink facilities in the United States that currently operates at least four NHL-sized rinks. For more information, visit www.sharksice.com
.Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice
Sharks Ice at Oakland is the latest ice facility to be operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The facility, completed in 1995, contains one NHL-sized ice surface and one Olympic sized ice surface and accommodates ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, curling, speed skating, ice dancing, as well as public skating. Sharks Ice at Oakland, along with Sharks Ice at San Jose and Sharks Ice at Fremont currently holds the largest number of Adult USA Hockey participants of any facility in the nation. The facility features an in-house pro shop, large meeting and party spaces, and a full service snack bar to serve patrons of all ages. Sharks Ice at Oakland is located at 519 18th St. in Oakland, California. For more information, visit www.oaklandice.com