The hottest thing to hit
Florida since summer!
By JASON GLIDER
Florida Hockey Life
Used by some of North America’s greatest hockey pro-
former Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Danny Gare.
And the product has received rave reviews by some of today’s
elite NHL players, former Stanley Cup Champions, and even
the newest rink owners.
company. CAN-ICE® VP of Sales and 13-year NHL Veteran and
who is also the exclusive North American distributor of Desso
Canada and the University of Denver hockey program, and according
to Gare, their product has been installed in ice rinks all
across North America, including in Clearwater and Wesley Chapel
Florida, Anaheim, Calif.; Santa Fe, NM; and Calgary, Alta. to name
Gare also said CAN-ICE® has been installed into a private area
Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Toews had his own CAN-ICE® sys-
Gare now serves as a team ambassador. Gare, also skated for the
Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers during his career. He said
ity of the surface in his playing days.
However, two years ago he was introduced to the material
made in Tampa, and he was extremely impressed by how similar
it was to skate on real ice.
“You can stop and start easily on it, you can turn easily on it,”
Gare said. “Because it’s harder, your blades don’t cut in as much,
so you don’t have to sharpen your skates as much in comparison
The former NHL winger began his involvement in the synthetic
ice business seven years ago when he met McGraw through a
he was at an expo in Europe when he was introduced to SCANICE,
a product out of Norway.
McGraw and Gare connected with the man handling opera-
North American distributor. Gare said “the surface was competent,
but not fully complete”
“The one thing—and it was okay, you could skate on it—was
there was no glide,” Gare said. “It’s all about the glide for me.”
See CAN-ICE®, page 17