Travis Roy Ice Arena at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) has a new look to the ice. NYA’s arena is the first in Maine to install a Look-Up Line™ on its sheet. The ice now has a 40 inch orange stripe around the edge flush to the boards.
The Look-Up Line™ was first installed at the Pingree School in Hamilton, Massachusetts just over a year ago by the Thomas E. Smith Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to “just cure paralysis,” and they started the Look-Up Line™ as “ice hockey’s first warning track” with the goal of decreasing player head and spinal cord injuries. Thomas Smith, a former Pingree hockey player, suffered two massive spinal cord injuries caused by falling into the boards at bad angles. After the second major injury he realized it was his mission to help prevent these types of accidents for fellow hockey players.
NYA Athletic Director, Jack Hardy said “we are excited to install the Look-Up Line™ in our ice arena. The background and story behind the idea and development of this safety feature, in concert with that of our arena’s awareness across the board for head and spinal injuries inflicted on the ice.” Alex Kloza, the Travis Roy Ice Arena Manager commented, “we were happy to install the line. Our goal for our facility is to run a clean and safe space for players, coaches, and spectators. The Look-Up Line™ reinforces that goal.”
For 39 years Travis Roy Ice Arena has been a staple on the NYA campus and is the home to the NYA Panthers and Yarmouth Clippers hockey teams, as well as Stride Envy skating. The arena opened in 1975, and after extensive remodeling was dedicated as the Travis Roy Ice Arena on October 17, 1998. After resurfacing the ice this spring, the arena opens its doors to skaters again on Monday, June 23.
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.