All of the contenders now have a destination in mind.
Brewster Ice Arena was picked to host the Section 1 championship games for the second year in a row. The facility opened its doors a year ago when a conflict kept the Division 1 and 2 finals away from West Point and proved to be a suitable host. A lack of elbow room only added to the ear-popping atmosphere.
“It was fine,” Section 1 hockey coordinator John Orlando said. “Nobody had any major complaints.”
The finals are scheduled to be played Feb. 23.
No matter where the championships are played, somebody is going to whine about travel.
The championship committee solicited bids from West Point, Sport-O-Rama and Brewster Ice Arena in the spring. A management change at Tate Rink played a role in West Point not submitting a bid. Officials from Section 1 weighed proposals from Sport-O-Rama and Brewster prior to making a decision.
Since there is no perfect ice hockey venue within the section this seems likely to become a yearly exercise.
West Point has indicated it may be in a position to submit a bid next year. Playland is likely to be online. Sport-O-Rama and Brewster Ice Arena have become postseason fixtures and will always be in the mix. If the proposed rinks in Rye Brook ever get over the political and zoning hurdles, that facility could be a future player in the mix.