East Aurora Classic Rink


Our Past

On January 1, 2008, history was made in Buffalo, NY, as Ralph Wilson Stadium hosted the first-ever outdoor NHL game in the United States. The Winter Classic put the Buffalo Sabres up against the Pittsburgh Penguins before record-setting crowd of 71,217.

The Aurora Ice Association purchased the ice-making equipment from the NHL, and with the support of hundreds of passionate volunteers, private donations and corporate support, a tribute to this historic event is nestled in the Village of East Aurora.

Our Present & Future

The Classic Rink has become a true asset to for the entire Western New York community. Since opening in 2008, the venue has added a pavilion-style roof, locker rooms and warming lodge. The ice rink runs at full capacity from October through March and provides summer programming for off-ice recreational activities from April to September. The Aurora Ice Association continues to fundraise for needed operational equipment, some of which is over 30 years old.

The Aurora Ice Association is committed to maintaining a youth hockey program that personifies the values of the greater East Aurora community we serve with a specific focus on sportsmanship, respect for individuals, integrity and a love for the game of hockey.

AIA offers hockey to ALL who have interest in ice hockey. Whether your son or daughter is a beginner, has played on a House level or Travel level team, AIA is open to all. For more information on House and Travel teams, see column on right.

Visit your team’s website at: http://auroraicehockey.sportngin.com/

The Aurora Ice Association, Inc. (AIA) is a New York State not-for-profit organization whose goal is to bring ice sports and recreation activities to the residents and families of East Aurora and surrounding Southtowns communities.