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Bladerunners Ice Complex

BladeRunners Ice Complex
Location Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
Owner Kratsa Properties[1]

BladeRunners Ice Complex was a group of ice hockey rinks and sports facilities in Western Pennsylvania.[2] BladeRunners' first location opened in Harmarville, Pennsylvania in 1992; it was the first twin-ice facility in the Pittsburgh region.[3] Two other locations opened in Warrendale, Pennsylvania in 1994 and in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania in 1995.[3] The Harmarville location gained a third rink in 2003.[3]

BladeRunners hosted the 2005 American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III Men’s National Hockey Championships and the USA in-line Girl’s 16 and under national team.[3] It is the home ice for several collegiate hockey programs, including Slippery Rock University, California University of Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh Panthers.[4]

In 2012, the owners considered selling the Warrendale facility to the Grace Community Church.[5][6] However, the sale did not proceed and nearly all tenants returned.[7] In 2015, all of BladeRunners' locations were sold: the Warrendale rink became Baierl Ice Complex, the Harmarville location became Alpha Ice Complex, and Bethel Park location underwent a conversion to a YMCA.

Leagues

Bladerunners Ice Complex hosted a variety of ice hockey leagues, from junior age to college.

Other activities

Select Bladerunners Ice Complexes offered on-ice bumper cars. Figure skating, sticktimes, pickup hockey, learn to skate, learn to play hockey, and various other activities were also offered.

Tenants

Several teams called their local Bladerunners their home rink:

References

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External links

  • Bladerunners Ice Complex

Category:Indoor ice hockey venues in the United States


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