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RinkAtlas Adds the Rinks from the OHL

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.

RinkAtlas Adds the Rinks from MJAHL, LHJAAAQ, and QMJHL

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.

RinkAtlas Database of U.S. Rinks Completed

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.

All Indoor Rinks in Rocky Mountain and Minnkota Districts Now Entered into RinkAtlas

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:

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Arizona
  • Utah
  • Idaho

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.

All Indoor Rinks in Minnesota Now in the RinkAtlas Database

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.

All Rinks in Central District of USA Hockey Now in the RinkAtlas Database

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:

•Illinois

•Wisconsin

•Missouri

•Iowa

•Kansas

•Nebraska

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.

RinkAtlas.com Now Includes All of the Southeast

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):

  • Alabama,
  • Arkansas,
  • Connecticut,
  • Delaware,
  • The District of Columbia,
  • Florida,
  • Georgia,
  • Kentucky,
  • Louisiana,
  • Maine,
  • Maryland,
  • Massachusetts,
  • Mississippi,
  • New Hampshire,
  • New Jersey,
  • New York,
  • North Carolina,
  • Pennsylvania,
  • Rhode Island,
  • South Carolina,
  • Tennessee,
  • Vermont,
  • Virginia, and
  • West Virginia.