Success Stories

  • District of Saanich Buys Second System for Pearkes Arena

    November 12th, 2019 – With the purchase of a second REALice system for the Green rink at the G.R. Pearkes Arena, the era of flooding ice rinks with hot water is coming to an end in Saanich, BC. In 2016, the District of Saanich installed their first REALice system at Pearkes’ Gold rink.......

  • Sparwood’s Recreation & Leisure Centre Goes Cold

    Vancouver, November 6th, 2019 – The District of Sparwood installed a REALice system this summer to turn off the hot water for all of their ice resurfacing. “We are very excited to have the REALice system in our arena,” says Duane Lawrence, Director of Community......

  • Case Study: XCEL Energy on Vadnais Sports Center and REALice

    October 26, 2019 – The Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights, MN installed a REALice system for their indoor twin ice arena more than two years ago. Electric and natural gas utility Xcel Energy offered a rebate to Ramsey County to install the energy-saving water treatment system that amounted......

  • Pechanga Arena San Diego’s Ice Maker on his Mechanical Room, Learning Ice Making, and REALice

    Pechanga Arena San Diego has been using REALice to make its ice since March, 2018. The 14,000-seat AEG-owned facility is home to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League and off-ice events like Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live and concerts like country singer Luke Combs.  Here at REALice, we’re proud of the installation. And so......

  • New technology will save money at Powell River Recreation Complex

    August 7th, Powell River, BC – The Powell River Peak reported on technology upgrades to save energy and cost at the Powell River Recreation Complex. The REALice system is one these energy upgrades. Neil Pukesh, City Manager of Recreation states in the article that staff members have been......

  • Chilliwack Orders Again, Benefits from $20K FortisBC Rebate

    Vancouver, July 3, 2019 – The City of Chilliwack today confirmed its order for a second REALice system for a third ice sheet under construction at the Sardis Sports Complex. “We are happy to be incorporating a second REALice system into our newest rink,” said Ryan......

  • Making ice without cracks

    Wade Yianakopolos is the operations manager at The Rinks at Exeter in Exeter, New Hampshire. When Wade and his team put in their REALice water treatment system at the beginning of December, 2018, the ice for the twin pads was already in. Following our best practices,......

  • Great feedback from a busy two-pad facility

    From time to time we like to share testimonials and real world arena experience with REALice. Recently, Scott Fusco, one of the GMs at Edge Sports Center, a busy two-pad facility in Massachusetts, took time to comment on their positive experience making the REALice switch.......

  • Don’t overthink the REALice system!

    Fred Kilner is one of REALice Canada’s biggest fans and we couldn’t be more grateful for his support. Last week, Fred Kilner, Facility Supervisor for the Fuller Lake Arena in North Cowichan, BC described his experience using REALice for the last five years on the......

  • Castleton University, VT using REALice for 5 Years!

    Sometimes we are happy to share a story about REALice from the US. Especially when we believe there is some good value in the information also for our fellow Canadian ice makers, arena operators and energy managers. In this case, we would like to highlight a feedback from Steve Wolf,......

  • New Hampshire rinks more efficient thanks to REALice

    In New Hampshire, Unitil offered incentives covering between 35-45% of the project cost on two different arenas in 2018. Here is their press release: “February 8th, 2019 – Two Unitil customers, the City of Dover and North Atlantic Hockey Group LLC, recently received incentives under......

  • CBC Radio reports on REALice

    Did you know REALice is creating a buzz and making an impact in Atlantic Canada? In a CBC radio segment from Dec 2018, Ben Givlin, the regional recreational director for Baie Verte, Pacquet, and Middle Arm, speaks about how they’re lowering the costs of the......

  • REALice at Barclays Center in New York City

    The Barclays Center in New York City, home to the New York Islanders, have been using the REALice system since the 2017/2018 season and will continue to make their ice with REALice. Barclays Center is the next arena after Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC using the REALice system......

  • Mississauga Joins Brampton as Repeat REALice Customers with Order for the Erin Mills Twin Arena

    SWiCH Services Inc. is proud to announce that the City of Mississauga has ordered a REALice system for the Erin Mills Twin Arena. This will be the second REALice cold water resurfacing technology installation in that city; the first being made at Iceland Mississauga back......

  • 50th system installed in Canada; University of Alberta, Edmonton

    Congratulations University of Alberta! The first University in Canada to Use REALice’s Cold Water Resurfacing Technology! The University of Alberta is now using REALice technology for their ice making and ice resurfacing at the Clare Drake Arena! As part of the University’s commitment to save energy and greenhouse gas emissions......

  • Tacoma Public Utilities help Twin Rinks (Tacoma) think outside the box to save energy

    Purchased with the help of Tacoma Public Utilities, Twin Rinks in Tacoma wasn’t sure what to expect from their new piece of equipment. Using the REALice system, Tacoma Twin Rinks is getting crystal clear water without having to boil out the air. “It saves them a ton of energy,......

  • First city in Alberta to equip all their arenas with REALice

    The City of Camrose is the first city in Alberta to switch over all three of their ice sheets to the REALice system. This year they will begin flooding all of their ice pads with unheated water to make great ice, save energy, and GHG......

  • Making Sub-Par Mechanical Rooms Perform

    If you saw the ice at the Oilfields Regional Arena in Black Diamond, Alberta, you would never imagine the ice plant producing such great ice is what most ice makers would consider underpowered or “sub-par”. But it is — and has been long before Les Quinton......

  • Max McLean Arena, Camrose, AB – Excellent quality ice!

    Arenas are one of the highest energy consuming facilities in Canada. Overhead heating, lights, refrigeration, and heating water have historically drawn a lot of energy in arenas. Arena Operators and Maintenance Workers, Energy Mangers, and community groups are working with green technology, like REALice, and......

  • Amazing Customer Feedback

    We get a great deal of amazing customer feedback, but this YouTube video from the City of Nanaimo was quite the nice surprise. And just take a look at their ice!!!...

  • Ice treatment in the City of Nanaimo, BC

    This summer, REALice was installed in the Nanaimo Ice Centre and now maintenance workers resurface their 2 NHL-sized ice sheets with cold water. Speaking about the impact the REALice system has for the City of Nanaimo, Scott Pamminger (Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Energy with the......

  • Nanaimo Ice Centre installs REALice​

    The City of Nanaimo was looking for opportunities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This summer, REALice was installed in the Nanaimo Ice Centre and now maintenance workers resurface their 2 NHL-sized ice sheets with cold water. When Scott Pamminger (Manager, Infrastructure Planning and......

  • Enbridge case study on REALice at George Bell Arena

    Enbridge created an Energy Leaders initiative incentive program to promote early adoption of emerging technologies among commercial and industrial natural gas customers. The George Bell arena, in Toronto ON participated in the program and qualified for a rebate to cover 50% of the cost of......

  • FortisBC article from large scale ice resurfacing pilot program

    In 2014, FortisBC ran a large scale pilot project that introduced REALice technology in 10 ice arenas across BC. According to FortisBC, together, the 10 participating ice arenas reduced their energy consumption by 2,900 gigajoules per year! That’s like taking 714 cars off the road......

  • Calgary, AB – Trico Centre for Family Wellness, Saying hello to REALice and goodbye to hot water resurfacing

    May 1, 2017 – Trico Centre for Family Wellness (Calgary, AB), a busy year-round multi-use recreation facility with twin NHL-sized ice rinks, has purchased and installed a REALice system to resurface their ice with unheated water. This community-owned non-profit takes pride in operating their facility......

  • Oak Bay Rec saving about 40t of greenhouse gas emissions per year

    Oak Bay Rec Centre is located just outside Victoria, British Columbia. It has a multi-user arena facility that is open all year round and the ice is resurfaced on average 8 times per day. The Oak Bay Rec Centre operations team has committed to a strategic energy management program......

  • Working Together: REALice and Reclaim Heat

    Arena technical and maintenance supervisor Barry Richards tells how REALice works with the existing reclaim heat at the Pearkes Arena in Saanich, BC....

  • City of Williams Lake evaluates REALice®

    VANCOUVER – REALice® has been installed at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex in City of Williams Lake in 2014. Garry Breck, Facility Maintenance Coordinator, speaks about his experience with the system: “If you can afford the Real Ice system it makes a lot of sense to put it in. The......

  • Financial Post features REALice®

    Switching customers to new technology demands time and skill The traditional way to make ice in an indoor hockey rink is to use hot water, but a new technology makes it possible to achieve the same end at a lower cost using room-temperature water. Educating people about......

  • Saving Energy in Chilliwack

    “We are also taxpayers, so if we can save money for the municipality, it helps us out too.” –Mike Knight, Supervisor of Arenas, City of Chilliwack and Chief Engineer, Twin Rinks Arena The Twin Rinks Arena in Chilliwack, BC turned 40 this year. Run by......

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