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Home Sports Sports Lake, Ottawa Hills to be first to play at new arena
Lake, Ottawa Hills to be first to play at new arena
Written by Mark Griffin   
Monday, 26 October 2009 13:43

Lake and Ottawa Hills will be the first high school teams to take the ice for a game at the new $105 million Lucas County Arena, home of the Toledo Walleye.

Lake, a club team, will face the Green Bears from 12-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. The game will not count on the win-loss records of either team, who compete in the Blue Division of the Northwest Hockey Conference.

"The Walleye came to our league last year and asked if anybody was interested in doing it," Lake coach Craig Horvath said. "Nobody did anything or said anything. It was kind of quiet. The Walleye wanted us to sell 250 tickets and it would be a free game for us. It was a fundraiser for us. If you go right now to the Toledo Walleye to buy tickets, you're going to buy $15 tickets. You can buy one from me for $15 and Lake (hockey) gets to keep $5 for every ticket sold, up until Nov. 22."

Horvath said he plays hockey with an employee of the Walleye ticket office.

"I said, 'If I commit to this, can we be the first team?' " Horvath said. "He asked if I could get another team and I said I've done things with Ottawa Hills. Their kids get along with our kids. We were the first two teams to jump on it."

 

Lake and Ottawa Hills played in the Winter Classic outdoor hockey game last February at Ottawa Park.

"There were a lot of people there," Horvath said. "All four (local) TV stations were there. We're going to do it again this February at Ottawa Park. BCSN wants to extend it to four teams and have a doubleheader with us, Ottawa Hills and two other teams."

Lake, which draws all of its players from Lake Township, finished 7-4-2 overall and 5-4-1 (second) in the Blue Division last season. Lake returns nine players from last year's team, and Horvath said he is looking for more players for an 11- or 12-man squad.

"It's not too late for anyone who wants to play who is from Lake Township," said Horvath, who added that Lake's alumni hockey game is Nov. 7 at Tam O'Shanter in Sylvania.

Horvath and eighth-year Ottawa Hills coach Tom McKinch have both toured Lucas County Arena and are excited for their teams to play there.

"I went down about three months ago and took a tour," Horvath said. "It's unbelievable. It's hard to believe I'm in Toledo."

"It's beautiful, just absolutely gorgeous," McKinch said. "It's going to be great for the community, for one, but for the high school kids to play there once or twice a year, it's awesome."

McKinch said Ottawa Hills jumped at the chance to play in the new arena.

"Craig and I took the tour together back in the spring, and they talked about the possibility of high school teams playing there and what you had to do to do that," McKinch said. "We both talked about it.

“We had done that outdoor game. We're both up for thing things like that. We looked into it and wanted to make a run at it, and it came together."

Admission to the Lake-Ottawa Hills game - which is doubling as a fundraiser - is free. Fans are asked to bring a canned good as a donation. The $15 tickets being sold by Horvath will serve as a voucher for any 2009-10 Walleye regular-season game.

"All of the money we raise goes to our ice time," Horvath said. "We've been in Monroe (Mich.) the last two years, but Monroe cut one of their sheets of ice so now we're down at BGSU. All of our home games are at Tam O'Shanter."
McKinch said Ottawa Hills has already sold all of its Walleye ticket vouchers.

"The parents really took off with it," said McKinch, whose team returns 13 players from last year's 4-15 squad. "We're going to have a pretty big group coming to our game. They're going to go to our game, stay downtown and have a bite to eat and come back for the Walleye game that night. We should have more than 150 people from Ottawa Hills. The kids and parents are excited about it."

For more information, contact Craig Horvath at 419-698-2552 or visit www.toledowalleye.com. Lake, Ottawa Hills to be first to play at new arena

By Mark Griffin
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Lake and Ottawa Hills will be the first high school teams to take the ice for a game at the new $105 million Lucas County Arena, home of the Toledo Walleye.

Lake, a club team, will face the Green Bears from 12-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. The game will not count on the win-loss records of either team, who compete in the Blue Division of the Northwest Hockey Conference.

"The Walleye came to our league last year and asked if anybody was interested in doing it," Lake coach Craig Horvath said. "Nobody did anything or said anything. It was kind of quiet. The Walleye wanted us to sell 250 tickets and it would be a free game for us. It was a fundraiser for us. If you go right now to the Toledo Walleye to buy tickets, you're going to buy $15 tickets. You can buy one from me for $15 and Lake (hockey) gets to keep $5 for every ticket sold, up until Nov. 22."

Horvath said he plays hockey with an employee of the Walleye ticket office.

"I said, 'If I commit to this, can we be the first team?' " Horvath said. "He asked if I could get another team and I said I've done things with Ottawa Hills. Their kids get along with our kids. We were the first two teams to jump on it."

Lake and Ottawa Hills played in the Winter Classic outdoor hockey game last February at Ottawa Park.

"There were a lot of people there," Horvath said. "All four (local) TV stations were there. We're going to do it again this February at Ottawa Park. BCSN wants to extend it to four teams and have a doubleheader with us, Ottawa Hills and two other teams."

Lake, which draws all of its players from Lake Township, finished 7-4-2 overall and 5-4-1 (second) in the Blue Division last season. Lake returns nine players from last year's team, and Horvath said he is looking for more players for an 11- or 12-man squad.

"It's not too late for anyone who wants to play who is from Lake Township," said Horvath, who added that Lake's alumni hockey game is Nov. 7 at Tam O'Shanter in Sylvania.

Horvath and eighth-year Ottawa Hills coach Tom McKinch have both toured Lucas County Arena and are excited for their teams to play there.

"I went down about three months ago and took a tour," Horvath said. "It's unbelievable. It's hard to believe I'm in Toledo."

"It's beautiful, just absolutely gorgeous," McKinch said. "It's going to be great for the community, for one, but for the high school kids to play there once or twice a year, it's awesome."

McKinch said Ottawa Hills jumped at the chance to play in the new arena.

"Craig and I took the tour together back in the spring, and they talked about the possibility of high school teams playing there and what you had to do to do that," McKinch said. "We both talked about it.

“We had done that outdoor game. We're both up for thing things like that. We looked into it and wanted to make a run at it, and it came together."

Admission to the Lake-Ottawa Hills game - which is doubling as a fundraiser - is free. Fans are asked to bring a canned good as a donation. The $15 tickets being sold by Horvath will serve as a voucher for any 2009-10 Walleye regular-season game.

"All of the money we raise goes to our ice time," Horvath said. "We've been in Monroe (Mich.) the last two years, but Monroe cut one of their sheets of ice so now we're down at BGSU. All of our home games are at Tam O'Shanter."
McKinch said Ottawa Hills has already sold all of its Walleye ticket vouchers.

"The parents really took off with it," said McKinch, whose team returns 13 players from last year's 4-15 squad. "We're going to have a pretty big group coming to our game. They're going to go to our game, stay downtown and have a bite to eat and come back for the Walleye game that night. We should have more than 150 people from Ottawa Hills. The kids and parents are excited about it."

For more information, contact Craig Horvath at 419-698-2552 or visit www.toledowalleye.com.

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