Project Cost - $7.5 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 $7.5 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’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.
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.
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.
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.