January 2013

January 2013 2014-07-16T06:17:16+00:00

A Word from our

General Manager and Youth Hockey Director


Matt Smith

UTC Ice hopes you all had safe and happy holidays! I know we were super busy with lots of people getting in the wintery skating mood enjoying the holiday music and the rink’s new remodel. We had many compliments on the new UTC Ice and the hugely improved customer service we aspired to achieve with all of our customers.

UTC Ice would like to thank everyone that came out over the holiday to enjoy our new rink!!!

There is lots to talk about going forward here at the rink starting with our Synchro Teams competing in Michigan for a spot at the National Championships and our Mite Tournament Team gearing up for Cal State Games to name a few.

Piranha Hockey


We’ve had a very successful season thus far and are looking to grow the program immensely into the next season. That’s right we only have two months remaining in the winter season until our Parent Player end of the season party. Right now we’re in talks with Jersey Mike’s to sponsor our Piranha Program and our end of the season party. They have a new location here at the Westfeild Mall in UTC.

Check them out online www.jerseymikes.com


It is our goal this upcoming season to have multiple teams in multiple divisions playing a mixture of in-house, exhibition and some Metro League games. We are also continuing our Tournament Team program. We will be extending into other divisions in addition to our Mite Tournament Team. UTC Ice has many really talented and dedicated players that we here at the rink will do anything to help them reach their hockey goals!!!

This summer be on the lookout for a *NEW* 3 on 3 league, power skating, and skills clinics as well as training clinics with our staff and the coaches of the Jr. Gulls!!!

New Adult Pick Up Time and Day!!!


Join Us for the Duck vs Red Wings Game!!!


A Word from our Skating Director


Happy New Year! 2013 promises to be an amazing year here at UTC Ice and we hope you will join us throughout the year for all of our programs, performances, and competitions.

Skating Academy is now back to our regular schedule. Practice, practice, practice to get those stickers to move up in class!

Improved Power Stroking Class: If you are a Freestyle 5 or above skater, come and try our Power Stroking Class on Saturday mornings 7:15-7:45am. This is a fast paced, high energy class that will improve your endurance and stroking skills. Come and join Coach Janae for an awesome workout!

Ballet Class:  We are working on getting our ballet classes started in our new ballet room. We now have hardwood floors, mirrors, and bars in a separate room just for this class. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.


Our skaters are preparing to compete at the Kroc Center Ice 2013 ISI Open Competition on January 20th. From all of us at UTC Ice, GOOD LUCK to all competitors!!!

Epic Edge


All four of our teams will be competing January 20th at the Kroc Center Ice ISI Open competition. This will be the first competition for our ISI team so good luck girls!

January 22-27th our Pre Juvenile, Juvenile, and Intermediate teams will be travelling to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 2013 Midwestern/Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. Juvenile and Intermediate will be competing to earn a spot at the U.S. National Synchronized Championships. You can follow our teams on the trip on our Facebook page or at www.epic-edge.org



Adult Hockey


Mike Duffey our Adult Hockey Director

European Hockey Tour

The annual tournament in Europe is almost upon us and this year marks the 21st anniversary of traveling abroad to play hockey against teams from Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Italy, and other countries throughout Europe.  Almost every locker room in San Diego has a player in it that has made the trip and will share memories with his teammates of the times had in Europe. 


This year the trip begins on March 21 and ends on April 2, 2013 beginning in Amsterdam and ending in Prague.  In 13 days you will play 12 to 15 games, see 3 countries, meet plenty of fellow hockey players and friends from all over the world, and hang out in historic towns in Europe.  Although this trip is filled with hockey, it is also a cultural and social trip in which you will mingle with locals from the towns we visit and people from all over the world. 


The trip includes roundtrip airfare, hotels, ground transportation, breakfast every day, 2 tournaments, exhibition games, trips to castles, opening and closing ceremonies in Czech, 2 Team USA jerseys (home and away) and socks, and a team bus to take us from Holland through Germany and into the Czech Republic.  Hockey players and guests are welcome with plenty of activities for any kind of traveler.  In Amsterdam you can choose to visit museums, take the water taxis through the canals, visit the red light district, hit the coffee shops, tour the breweries, and then dance all night long in the clubs.  In Prague you will visit castles, see old town square, the astrological clock, walk the St. Charles Bridge, and enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. 


The price for the trip is $2350 for hockey players and $2200 for non-players.  If you get your own airfare and want to customize your trip the cost is $1400 for players and $1300 for non-players.  I can help you organize a custom trip if you want to arrive early or stay longer to extend your vacation.  Different payment plans are available on the website or through pay-pal. 


I can take 2 teams – an upper level and a lower level team with maximum 13 skaters and 1 goalie per team.  All talent levels from pro players to division 4 are welcome and we have at least 1 practice before leaving to establish who wants to play at which level. 


For more info, check out the website – www.Hecklershockey.com or e-mail me at Brickpuck@aol.com.  You can also call me at (619) 501-9968 with any questions about the trip. 

                                          -Chris Heaney



Thursday March 21 – Depart San Diego from Lindbergh Field at approximately 8:00am.

Friday March 22 – Arrive in Amsterdam approximately 7:00am. Vans will pick us up at the airport and take us to Amsterdam hotel.     Explore the city during the day and party in the city at night.

Saturday March 23 – Bus will pick us up to take us to Enschede.  Check in to hotels. Tournament begins with a games in the evening.

Sunday March 24– Games in the morning and throughout the day with the championship in the evening.

Monday March 25 – Relax day, explore the town of Enschede.  Shoarmafest followed by lasertag in the evening. 

Tuesday March 26 – Tour of some windmills and a challenge game against the Nordhorn Hockey Club in Germany at night. 

Wednesday March 27 – Bus ride to Klasterec in the Czech Republic. Explore Klasterec pubs at night. Trips to the Border.  Much Pivo.

Thursday March 28 – The 19th Annual World Amateur Tournament begins –we will play 8 games in 3 days. Explore Kadan or Karlovy-Vary during the day.  Opening Ceremonies at 8:00 pm with party into the night.

Friday March 29 –Tournament resumes.  Day trip to Hasistan- a castle ruins from the 14th century.  At night, a tour of the clubs of Kadan and Klasterec.                                                              

Saturday March 30 – Medal rounds of the tournament, Closing Ceremonies, and the event finale- the Galabend*. 

Sunday  March 31  – Bus to Prague, explore the city during the day and night.

Monday April 1 – Second day in Prague. A day of sight seeing – Charles Bridge, Prague castle and other mysteries of the city.

Tuesday April 2 –Painful return home.