OUR PAST

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.

 

OUR PRESENT

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). 

 

OUR FUTURE

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.