Thunder Ice Arena

Thunder Ice Arena and Trine HockeyWebcam

Project Cost - $8.2 million

Trine University’s new 46,200-square-foot, 700-seat ice arena will be located on U.S. 20/West Maumee Street. The arena, with an estimated construction cost of $8.2 million, will include: an NCAA-compliant ice rink; men’s and women’s varsity, club and visitor’s lockers; weight and training rooms; concessions; a pro shop with wearables, sticks and skates for sale; a VIP lounge and press box. It also will include an area for skate sharpening and rental.

Trine HockeyTrine’s NCAA DIII men’s and women’s hockey teams will take to the ice starting in fall 2017.  The university has been accepted to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, a conference of regional institutions. Trine also will launch a second men’s hockey team, to play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association DII.

The new arena also will host club and youth hockey programs for the Steuben County YMCA and local school corporations. It also will be open to the public for skating at designated times.

Read more - April 7 Press Release

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Thunder Ice Arena aerial view

Floor Plan

Thunde Ice Arena

Hofman, Todd to lead Trine Hockey

Trine University has named Tom Hofman and Alex Todd as head coaches for its NCAA Division III hockey teams, which will launch in the fall of 2017.

New Hockey Coaches

Todd has been named head coach for the men’s team. He comes to Trine from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he served as assistant hockey coach for the men’s NCAA Division I hockey team. He also previously served as head coach at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont, and assistant coach at Utica College in Utica, New York. He also played professional hockey in the West Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League.

Hofman will serve as the coach of the women’s team. He most recently served as the inaugural head coach of the women’s ACHA Division I hockey team at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously he had served as an assistant men’s hockey coach at Davenport and an assistant women’s hockey coach at Grand Valley State University, where his duties included serving as lead recruiter.

Read more - May 16 press release


Trine Hockey Teams to Compete in NCHA

Trine University's hockey teams have been accepted as members of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. The Thunder men's and women's NCAA Division III hockey programs will compete in the conference beginning in the 2017-18 season.

Read more - June 14 press release


Trine to Add ACHA Men's Hockey Team

Trine University will launch a second men's ice hockey program to begin play in 2017, the University announced.

The new men's ice hockey program has been accepted as a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II level. The Thunder will join the Great Midwest Hockey League and will begin play during the 2017-18 season. The ACHA team is the third hockey program added by Trine University. 

Read more - June 16 press release


Dan Mayes

Mayes Tabbed Head Coach of ACHA Men's Hockey Team

Trine University has named Dan Mayes as head coach of its American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II men's hockey team.

Mayes most recently served as a volunteer assistant at Bowling Green State University. He previously served as head coach for the Little Caesar's Bantam Major program in Detroit, Michigan, from 2013-15. Mayes also served as an associate coach for the Honeybaked Midget Major/Minor program in Hazel Park, Michigan, where he helped guide the program to two state championships, as well as a third-place national finish in 2013. His experience also included associate coaching duties at Saint Mary's Catholic Central in Monroe, Michigan.

Read more - August 9 press release


Amy Alt, Youth Hockey League DirectorTrine youth hockey director will share her love of the game

Amy Alt is looking forward to making hockey dreams come true for local youth. She will get an assist in bringing those dreams to fruition through a grant the university received from the Dekko Foundation. Part of the grant will cover the cost of equipment for the youth who take part in Trine’s programs.

Alt comes to Trine from Chaska, Minnesota, most recently serving as the program director and coach for the Herb Brooks Foundation in Blaine. Named for the coach of the U.S.A. hockey “Miracle on Ice” team in the 1980 Olympics, the foundation works to make hockey more accessible to players of all levels in backgrounds. Prior her to her work there, she pioneered and helped build several programs during her time as a player, coach and director in Minnesota and Colorado.

Youth leagues are forming now. Contact Amy for more details at or 260.665.4325.

For further information about the operations of the Thunder Ice Arena, calendar of scheduled programs and the availability of ice time, please contact Michael Bock at

Read more - March 31 press release


Women's Ice Hockey

Men's Ice Hockey