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San Gabriel Valley : ANYTHING BUT THE POND

Anaheim has the Pond sports arena. Inglewood is home to the Forum. Now, West Covina is seeking ideas for an equally cool name for its public hockey complex at Orangewood Park, which will include two rinks for in-line skaters when it opens this fall.

Ideas should be submitted to the city clerk’s office in the next few weeks.

The prize: a Mighty Ducks professional hockey jersey and an unspecified gift certificate to the National Sports Bar in West Covina.

The City Council put the puck in motion Tuesday for the complex on Merced Avenue by awarding Hondo Co. of Santa Ana the $420,000 contract to begin building the two 180-foot-long rinks.

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“Roller hockey is growing like soccer did 10 years ago,” said Mayor Steve Herfert. “This gives kids and adults a place to play with lights instead of old tennis courts.”


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