On January 1, 2008, history was made in Buffalo, NY, as Ralph Wilson Stadium hosted the first-ever outdoor NHL game in the United States. The Winter Classic put the Buffalo Sabres up against the Pittsburgh Penguins before record-setting crowd of 71,217. 

The Aurora Ice Association purchased the ice-making equipment from the NHL, and with the support of hundreds of passionate volunteers, private donations and corporate support, a tribute to this historic event is nestled in the Village of East Aurora.



The Healthy Zone Rink has become a true asset to not only East Aurora, but also the entire Western New York community. Since opening in the fall of 2008, the venue has added a pavilion-style roof, locker rooms and a warming hut for guests. The ice rink runs at full capacity from October through March (winter season) and provides summer programming for off-ice recreational activities from April to September (summer season). 



Without the support of volunteers, private donors, foundations and corporations, the vision for the Healthy Zone Rink would not have become a reality. The lasting legacy of the rink, however, has yet to be fully realized.