The CSHL NEWSLETTER
Hara Arena: Recon
How It Started
By Kyle Wheeler
I was scrolling through Instagram and noticed a post from a graffiti artist I follow. He posted a picture of a piece he did in what was obviously an ice rink. I am into graffiti and hockey, so I had to ask where the picture was taken...he said, "in Dayton." I was familiar with Hara Arena and knew it was for sale before getting hit by a tornado, so it was easy to put 2 n' 2 together. Tony and I went up to Hara on a scouting mission because I wanted to confirm the bords were in good shape and to offer sound advice prior to moving forward. When we saw them with our own eyes, we knew they were in good condition and the CSHL would benefit from acquiring these boards. The scouting mission, photos, and videos proved to the CSHL & Board it was worth disassembling and transporting back to Covington.
The arena is in Montgomery County Ohio, so I went to their page to look up who was listed as the current owner. An investment company was listed connected to a local Cincinnati law firm. Chris Weiss knew someone at the firm and they reached out to the investment group. After some back and forth...securing the proper paperwork...we got the green light.
Tim Arci, CSHL Executive Director, communicated with the contractor who bid to tear down the arena. We almost flopped the whole thing because many months had past since I first mentioned the possibility of using the Hara boards. The arena demo was to start Monday, September, 28th and we finalized all the logistics the Thursday before. We cut it pretty close, but none of that matters since we got the job done! Tim and Jus Patterson were a big part of organizing the final removal/transportation back to Covington after Chris and I got the ball rolling. They get a lot of credit for making this happen.
Hara Arena: Recon
How We Secured The Hara Boards
By Chris Weiss
One day not long after the tornado in Dayton a few bubs starting talking about Hara and what, if anything, might be salvageable. Kyle Wheeler mentioned someone had been to the arena and recognized the boards were in decent shape. Wheels and Tony did an initial recon trip up there to evaluate the boards. After an initial eval, it was clear the boards were in great shape and would be perfect for the CSHL. After receiving the news, I immediately began searching for the owner.
A quick google search pulled up a local Dayton newspaper article about who purchased Hara, I reached out, coincidentally the company was represented by a local Cincinnati law firm. I happened to know one of the lawyers at this firm. We had a conversation and he set me up with his boss who was a partner. The law firm negotiated on behalf of the owner...long story short...after a lot of back and forth they decided that it was too dangerous for us to enter Hara Arena. On top of that, there wasn’t enough time because demolition was scheduled to start three days from my conversation with the firm.
After expressing the league's intentions, the lawyer agreed to contact the owner again but said we would most likely have to pay for the boards and the removal once they determined the cost. I warned the lawyer what a pain/cost it would be for them to remove, package, find a buyer, sell and ship those boards. It may end up costing them more than they can get for them, and I know their goal was to turn that site over as soon as possible. I suggested that we provide the necessary insurance and legal agreements so we could remove and keep the boards. In return, we provided them with a charitable donation receipt for the estimated value of the boards, some good PR, and some pro-bono hours for the firm helping our non-profit, as well as saving them the time/labor to remove and scrap the boards themselves. They agreed which shifted our efforts towards the real work. I was hands-off at this point with a 5-day old baby girl.
Tim and Justin worked out all of the logistics, mobilized the bubs, and successfully relocated the boards to Covington before the deadline. I don’t want to miss any names, I wasn’t there, but from what I understand there were a bunch of bubs who dedicated their weekend to this project. If we didn’t have everyone ready to go without notice we would not have been able to get these boards...Instead of carrying on their rich history, they would be in a dump somewhere. Thank you to the guys who donated time, trucks, fuel, trailers, and tools! This would not have been possible without your efforts.
SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT & THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE HARA BOARDS MISSION
SATURDAY RECON TEAM
DISASSEMBLY & REMOVAL
JAY O'LEARY . TONY . KYLE STREETHOCKEY . VINNIE . TYLER V
JENCO . SUNIL . CLINT
SUNDAY RECON TEAM
DISASSEMBLY & REMOVAL
TIM . JUS . WAYMEYER . WHEELER . JENCO . CLINT . CJ
KEITH . JAY . JESSE
SUNDAY TRAILER REMOVAL
BARB COOK PARK
TIM . JUS . WAYMEYER . WHEELER . JENCO . SUNIL . JOE NELLY. JARROD . JESSE . CJ . RATS . JAY . TONY
SUNDAY MORAL SUPPORT
BARB COOK PARK
SAM . MARGE . KARA . NELLY
Post-game Pressers have been a staple of the league from its inception. Coach Wellerding & Commish Kleinhenz have been wielding the Press Box mic summarizing the state of the league for our members & fans. We have expanded the league opening the door to create more amazing content showcasing all the talented players & members.
More coming soon.
This is what started it all!!!! On a chilly 2017 winter day, sippin' on crisp brews at Gypsy's, a group of guys had the vision of sharing their love for hockey, fun, and community. Kyle Streethockey, Danny, Jesse, Dave, Matt, Jason, and Jus wanted to bring hockey to Covington, KY. In 2018 the CSHL began its mission to help the community and improve local parks.
We have befriended so many great people and we have been sending it ever since.
CSHL Holiday Toy Drive
It is that time of the year...The 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive. We are proud to partner with Orleans Development, Cincinnati Cyclones, and University of Cincinnati Ice Hockey.
We need your help, so please donate toys for boy & girls 12-14 yrs. old. All toys will be donated to the Be Concerned Organization.
We are excepting donations now thru 12/19/20!
A great cause to bring smiles to our community children.
New Home : THE FOUNDATION IS SET!
On Wednesday 11/18/20 The CSHL celebrated a major milestone for the organization. We broke ground at Barb Cook Park, our new home. As most things have been happening over the last couple of months, resurfacing was a last-minute operation.
After exploring different companies and bids, we were able to secure a contract with Queen City Blacktop. Laying the blacktop prior to winter allows us to better prepare for the 21-22 season. With the groundwork established, the next phase will be to layout the boards. The Queen City crew did a magnificent job. They were extremely professional and their attention to detail was evident from the start.
A special thanks to Tim Acri, CSHL Executive Director. He has been a leader in securing the new home, boards, and resurfacing. We are grateful for all those that have been volunteering time and supporting the organization's pursuit to make one of our goals a reality. Watching the foundation being set was a proud moment for many of us and a reminder of how amazing our community & organization has been. We are so excited to continue developing the court for use very soon.
Special Thanks To:
Tim & Jus
Kara & The CSHL Board
The Hara Arean Recon Team
Our Community & Supporters
Queen City Blacktop
PLAYER PROFILE: KYLE WHEELS WHEELER
By Jason Greenberg
Kyle “Wheels” Wheeler started playing hockey at the young age of 4. Taught by his uncle, Kyle learned how to skate and has been wheeling like one of the bubs ever since. Throughout the crazy year of 2020, Kyle has helped keep the bubs active and playing hockey for those who wish to keep hockey a part of their lives while everything has been going on.
Mr. Wheeler also enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, fishing, snowboarding, and trying out local cuisine. A fan of the Winnipeg Jets, Mr. Wheeler’s all-time favorite player is Bobby Orr, and he even wears his famous #4 and loves to play defense.
Kyle’s favorite CSHL memories include getting some of the Hara Arena boards, laying the asphalt for the new CSHL surface, and helping lead the IceBubs to a men’s league championship!