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.
We previously the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to our database. See RinkAtlas Adds the Rinks from MJAHL, LHJAAAQ, and QMJHL for more information.
We can now move on to the Western Hockey League to complete our Major Junior “A” rink database.
I’m pleased to announce that the RinkAtlas database now includes all of the rinks used by the Maritime Junior ‘A’ Hockey League, the Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Quebec, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. These are the eastern-most junior hockey leagues in Canada.
An example of the recent additions is the Centre recreatif Joe Juneau that is home to the St. Lawrence Lions of the Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Quebec. The Centre recreatif Joe Juneau is in Pont-Rouge, Quebec (which is former RPI and Montreal Canadians’ star Joe Juneau’s hometown).
We are now moving on to building the database of rinks used by Junior teams and leagues in Ontario. We hope to be able to announce the completion of those additions to our database soon.
We hit a major milestone with RinkAtlas today. With the entry of Fort Wainwright Ice Arena on the military base of the same name outside of Anchorage, Alaska, we completed the RinkAtlas database of U.S. indoor ice rinks. We can now move on to review the database to make sure that we didn’t miss any rinks that should be there.
We’re now going to start marketing RinkAtlas a lot more intensely. I feel like this is a real product now that we have a nationwide database.
Today we completed the entry of all of the indoor rinks in the Minnkota and Rocky Mountain Districts of USA Hockey. These districts include the following states:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Mexico
This phase of RinkAtlas database development went pretty quickly. Most of these states (apart from Minnesota, North Dakota, and Texas) had 40 or fewer rinks. Some states (like Idaho and New Mexico) had a seven rinks or less in the entire state. I guess there’s a lot of room for growth in ice sports in those states.
I’m pleased to announce that we finished entering all of the currently usable rinks in Minnesota today. I phrase it that way because I decided to skip about half of the outdoor rinks that are maintained by city parks and recreation departments. There’s no way that those rinks can be used before late October or early November anyway, and I wanted to move on to complete the database for the rinks in the western states.
Once we’re done with the entry of rinks in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Districts of USA Hockey, I’ll come back to Minnesota and enter the remaining park rinks. I’m very confident that this can be completed before the outdoor skating season starts.
As long as I can find time to work on RinkAtlas database building, we should rapidly approach completion of the database now that we have Minnesota under our belts.
We completed the entry of all rinks in USA Hockey’s Central District. For those of you who are not familiar with the district boundaries, the Central District includes:
This blog will probably go quiet for a while now, because we will be working on the entry of rinks in the State of Minnesota. There are almost 500 rinks in that state, when you count indoor and outdoor rinks.
We just finished entering over 100 rinks in the State of Wisconsin into the RinkAtlas.com database. This means that all of the rinks in states that are entirely east of the Mississippi River are in the database.
So far 1,137 rinks are in our database.
A little while ago, RinkAtlas.com hit 1,000 rinks in its database. For the record, the 1,000th rink was Hoffman Estates Park District Community Center & Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
We just completed entering all of the rinks in Michigan, so now RinkAtlas.com includes over 950 rinks from Houghton, Michigan and Springdale, Arkansas east to the Atlantic Ocean. Next stop: Illinois.
After I finished entering the rinks in New England, I knew that the rest of the East Coast would be done quite quickly. This morning I finished entering the rinks in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi, so now the RinkAtlas database covers all of the Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic States, and New England.
For those of you who need more specifics, the database includes all rinks in the following 23 states (listed alphabetically):
- The District of Columbia,
- New Hampshire,
- New Jersey,
- New York,
- North Carolina,
- Rhode Island,
- South Carolina,
- Virginia, and
- West Virginia.