Portage area hopes to build hockey rink

PORTAGE – The Portage Area Youth Association’s hockey division is hoping to move off of the tennis courts and onto an actual hockey rink by next season.

The youth hockey league is attempting to raise funds to construct a new hockey rink in Crichton McCormick Park, said Robert Theys, a head coach and PAYA member.

Kids involved in the roller hockey league currently play on an old tennis court in the park, Theys said.

Officials said they are confident they can raise $125,000 needed to construct a new hockey rink.

Any additional funds could be used to purchase materials needed to convert the arena into an all-seasons hockey rink, Theys said.

To help kickoff the fundraiser, PAYA will hold a free hockey camp from noon to 4 p.m. on March 16 and 17, Theys said.

The hockey league provides another summer recreational sport for kids who are not interested in soccer or baseball, said Jason Adams, PAYA treasurer and a head coach.

“It’s starting to really, really take off,” Adams said of the league, which he founded four years ago.

PAYA has leagues for kids ages six to 12 and 13 to 16, Theys said.

Signups are already completed but anyone interested in joining the league can still participate.

“We’re not going to turn anyone away,” Adams said.

League sign up and donation information is available at

Mirror Staff Writer Zach Geiger is at 946-7535.