DECATUR – Hockey season is just around the corner, and the Decatur Youth Hockey Association is ready to put the $150,000 they won in the Kraft Hockeyville Contest to good use.
DYHA President Jason Habrock says they are excited to begin upgrading the Decatur Civic Center as the youth hockey team gains more appreciation from the community. Habrock says they were definitely in need of some of these upgrades.
“All five of these projects are very important to us,” says Habrock. “The upgrades will make our facility a lot friendlier for both our fans and visiting teams. They will really highlight how proud we are of our youth hockey program here.”
Habrock says they will have three phases of upgrades for the Civic Center. The first project will include the addition of a hallway between the lobby and the locker room, general locker room improvements, and a wheelchair accessible ramp at the rink level. The second project will be the installation of a new trophy case. Finally, project three will include upgrading the sound system. Habrock is especially proud to be able to upgrade the sound system.
“The sound system has a lot more benefits that just hockey at the Civic Center,” he says. “It will help with things like graduations, luncheons, concerts and other various functions.”
Habrock says the upgrades have already started, but they are a little farther behind than he would like.
“There is a lot of paperwork required due to the Civic Center being a government building, so that has pushed everything back a tad,” said Habrock.
While Habrock says there have been a few delays, he thinks the trophy case will be finished in about a month when the season starts up. He says the sound system will take some time and may not be ready until next offseason. The locker room and hallway renovation should be completed sometime during the season, Habrock said.
DYHA would like you to know that online registration is now open. The association says boys and girls ages 4 to 18 are welcome to join for the 2015-2016 season. DYHA offers a variety of travel and non-travel opportunities and this year they have added a new all-girls non-travel team.
If you would like to learn more, you can check out the DYHA website at www.decaturhockey.com