Over the years, the Philadelphia area has experienced tremendous turnover as old single-sheet ice arenas have closed and multi-sheet arenas have opened to replace them.
Our goal at RinkAtlas is to document all of the places where ice hockey is being and has been played throughout North America. We have a project to document all of the closed arenas we can find. These are buildings that used to be hockey arenas and are used for a different purpose, or buildings that were demolished and other buildings were built in their places.
Here is a list of arenas that we are aware of in the Philadelphia area that are not currently in the RinkAtlas directory because we have not completed research on them. The list is in alphabetical order, and any information we have about the arena is listed below its name:
Boulevard Ice Rink
Convention Hall in Atlantic City, NJ
The previous use of the Palace Roller Rink on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia.
“With Orton’s prodding, a local entrepreneur built a new Ice Palace on Market Street between 45th and 46th streets as a multi-use facility and the first hockey game was played on 14 February 1921. It would later be renamed the Philadelphia Arena and serve as Penn’s hockey team’s home until 1968.”—from A letter: 115 years of ice hockey at Penn
The Skating Place
According to Andy Abramson: “…just south of Cottman on Roosevelt blvd. was called The Skating Place when it closed in the late 70s(?). It was also a bowling alley and there was a small amusement park next store.”
Upper Merion YMCA
According to Andy Abramson, this was the building used to be on the location of the Upper Merion Community Center.
Valley Forge Sports Garden
West Park Ice Palace
“In December 1897, however, the West Park Ice Palace at 52nd and Jefferson finally opened, giving the team a home. The program thrived until the end of the 1901 season when the Ice Palace burned down in a mysterious fire. It would be 20 years before a new arena replaced it.”— from A letter: 115 years of ice hockey at Penn
Thanks to the RinkAtlas community members from Philadelphia and originally from Philadelphia for their help in researching many of these arenas:
Once in a while, RinkAtlas discovers new rinks that never made it into our database of U.S. ice facilities. Today we discovered three rinks nearby in Philadelphia that don’t appear in most rink directories:
The Ed Snider Hockey Foundation is one of the things that makes The City of Philadelphia a great city. It helps underserved youth in this area learn how to play hockey while instilling life-enhancing values such as teamwork, positive self-esteem, the importance of hard work, and respect for themselves and their teammates.
We’re glad that The ESHF and The City of Philadelphia made this deal. It’s a win-win situation. We’re also glad to put three more Philadelphia area rinks on the map.
I’m pleased to announce that the RinkAtlas database now includes all of the arenas in The Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The OHL is one of three Major Junior “A” hockey leagues in Canada that are collectively called Canadian Hockey League (CHL). There are 20 teams in the OHL, including 17 that are located in Ontario, two that are located in Michigan and one that is located in Erie, PA.