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Ice House through to semi-finals; help them win a new LED lighting system

DOWNTOWN — The Riverview Ice House is one of 10 semifinalists in the run to receive a new LED lighting system.

The American Hockey League and power management company Eaton are holding a nationwide competition of rinks in AHL towns.

Residents can help by simply visiting the Ice House’s page at and voting for the Rockford rink. Voting runs through March 2 and you can come back to vote every 24 hours.

The ultimate winner will receive a brand new LED lighting system for their hometown ice rink.

“Numerous AHL teams have benefitted from Eaton’s Ephesus LED lighting and control systems in their arenas, so it’s fitting that we are able to provide one deserving community skating rink in an AHL market with the same great lighting that our players and fans experience at many AHL arenas,” said Christos Nikolis, executive vice president, Marketing and Business Development for the AHL.

“It’s obvious from the strong support that these 10 rinks got during the initial voting stage that they are all valued members of their communities.”

According to Eaton, lighting is often the second-most-costly part of an ice house’s budget after the cooling systems. LED lights use about 70 percent less energy than typical lighting systems, which would see a tremendous cost savings in energy bills for the Park District’s rink.

Four finalists will be selected from the group of 10 rinks left. All votes between now and the closing date of the competition, March 18, will be tallied toward determining the winner.

Riverview Ice House opened in 1975 and is the official off-site practice facility of the Rockford IceHogs and the location Jr. IceHogs Youth Hockey program. R.


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