December 2012

December 2012 2014-07-16T06:14:30+00:00

A word from the General Manager


Matt Smith

UTC Ice is the place to be over the holidays!!! Happy Holiday Music is streaming over the new sound system and giant projected snowflakes are spinning on the back wall of the rink. It’s a place the whole family can enjoy!!! You might have heard our advertisements on 93.3 and 94.1. We also have skating pass give aways on the radio as well.

We are the official rink for the “So You Wish You Could Skate” benefit show. Although the actual show is happening at the Del Coronado Hotel on December 12th, we are hosting all the celebrity teams while they practice their routines. That’s right!!! Teams from Chanel 93.3, Energy 103.7, NBC, FOX and the Union Tribune are all practicing here. The show benefits the make a wish foundation so I hope you can all make it out to watch!!!

Check our Holiday hours as they have extended publics additional Stick Times and Pick Up Games. Come on out this holiday season to UTC Ice and bring your friends!!!

Pro Shop is now OPEN!!!

Check out our new pro shop!!! It has been a long time coming, but we’re super happy it’s here!!! We have all kinds of hockey equipment and figure skating apparel. As we go along we will be increasing our inventory so everything you need will be right here.

Get your Christmas shopping on and fill up your skaters list with a new Zucca Bag or that Combat Stick your loved one has been begging for!!! It’s all here!!!



Phase 1 is done!!! We hope you like the new look, I know we are very proud of it. Phase 2 will start at the beginning of the new year. The bathrooms, locker rooms and showers will be getting a well needed overhaul.

Check out the new lighting system in action!!!


Piranha Hockey


It’s been an exciting couple of months for our Piranha Hockey. We’ve been playing some great in-house hockey as well as battling it out with teams from Aliso Viejo and even Iceoplex’s Tournament Team. A bunch of our Mites even played in the Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Iceoplex. Both Iceoplex and Kroc staff had plenty of great things to say about our teams talent, ability and even how great our hockey parents are!

Saturday December 15th at 7am our Mites have been invited to Kroc to play against their up and coming team. It’ll be a great match and will test the skill level of our players.

California State Games


Represent UTC Ice and the Piranhas at the Cal State Games!!! The tournament runs over the 4 days of President’s Day Weekend

Date: Feb 15th-18th

Sign Up By Dec 15th $209

Sign Up After Dec 15th $239

No Registration taken after Dec 31st

In the past, Cal State Games has hosted teams from Arizona, Nevada, Texas and even Canada. Only players in the Mite division with proper USA hockey membership and meet the age requirement will be accepted. We will add a Squirt Tournament Team if we get enough interest from players at that level!!! Birth year for Squirts is 2002 and 2003 10 and under.

The birth date of Mites according to USA hockey is 2004 and younger.

 Included with your fee:

  • Team Entry
  • Tournament jersey and socks

including number choice and last name on the back

  • 2 full ice practices
  • 2 Professional Coaches

Figure Skating Academy


Brittney Olson

A Word from our Director

Winter is here and what better way to celebrate the season than to come ice skating! Put on your scarves and gloves, bring your friends, and have a winter wonderland experience during our extended public session hours. We are offering a “Holiday Special” for a new Skating Academy membership, when you sign up for our Skating Academy pay the registration fee and the first full month, you will receive a free pair of skates!!! What a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift! From all of us at UTC Ice, Happy Holidays!

Winter Recitals


Get ready, get set, its recital time!!! Skating academy will be having Winter Recitals during classes on Saturday the 15th, Wednesday the 19th, and Thursday the 20th of December. Our skaters will learn a fun routine that showcases the skills they have mastered in their classes. Parents bring your cameras to capture the memory of your skater’s performance to winter songs, and kids wear your best skating outfit for the show!

Coaches Seminar


Holiday Show

Our annual Holiday Show will be held on Friday, December 21st 6:00-8:20PM. Come and watch UTC Ice skaters perform their best moves to all the Holiday Classics. It promises to be a great show and will get you in the holiday spirit. Don’t miss out!

Holiday Break


Skating Academy classes will not be held Saturday December 22nd through Thursday January 3rd. These are two of the four weeks we take off every year per your contract. There will not be make up classes for these weeks. Academy classes will resume on Saturday January 5th, 2013! During our break come and skate during our extended public session hours.

Epic Edge


We are celebrating the Intermediates Team’s amazing skate at the Dr. Richard Porter Synchro Classic last weekend! The first large synchro competition of the season is held in Ann Arbor, Michigan every year. This year Epic Edge placed 4th in their group and won a pewter medal!!!  Way to go Epic Edge!!!!

All of our Epic Edge teams will be performing in the UTC Ice Holiday Show. Come and see us perform for you on Friday December 21st.



Adult Hockey


Mike Duffey Adult Hockey Director

The inside scoop

Now the “Gladiators” formally “Stemedica” named after their company sponsor, the Howe family, was formed just 3 short years ago.
Derek/ Roger and Maynard Howe, Father/Son and Brother, ages 42/63 and 67 respectively.  Maynard coached Division 1 USIU College Hockey which was ranked top 5 in U.S. Roger still fights in Judo. The Howe family has a deep history of hockey being that they all played in Minnesota starting at a very young age.  After moving to San Diego as Adults they originally formed a competitive team at the San Diego Ice Arena league in Mira Mesa.  After years of playing there the 3 of them decided to move to IceTown Adult League because of its great reputation for being a player’s league. They contacted Randy Gerson who was then the Adult Hockey Director of IceTown who was committed to help the Howe’s field the rest of the team with draft players including himself.  Derek Howe became captain and ran the team for several seasons. They won the division in their 2nd season. Stemedica was always one of the top teams every season following. After stepping down as Adult Hockey Director, Derek Howe asked Randy if he could take over as Captain. Randy accepted the challenge. The Howe’s eventually stepped down to the Copper league to form the Old Rangers. Randy stayed on as captain, recruited new players to help win back the Silver League championship they had once won before.  The rest is history.

Adult Hockey Clinic

If you’ve always wanted to try the game of hockey there’s no better time than the present. Every Tuesday night with the exception of Christmas and New Years’s week Mike Duffey hosts a comprehensive informative clinic for the Beginner, Novice and Intermediate player. So if you are just starting or want to hone your skills, Mike’s Clinic is the place to do it. Who knows you may een end up on a team.

Check it out!!!