SPOKANE, Wash. - Three generations of the Hershey family enjoyed some ice time at Eagles Ice-A-Rena Wednesday morning. Dr. John Hershey and his son Jason were teaching 5-year-old Manase how to skate. It was an experience the Hersheys understand is unique to a place like Eagles.
"This place is awesome," explained Jason. "It's a blessing to have this here. Just to be able to come here almost year round and get some nice glassy ice."
"It's awesome to see the different generations come through and uh, the older people that still come in here," smiled Dennis Miner, owner of Eagles. "Some come in and have coffee still, just to get together. It's awesome to see how close it is."
Tim Everson and Dennis Miner have owned Eagles Ice-A-Rena for twelve years, but they've been regulars on the hockey rink for decades, both former goalies, both claim to be better than the other.
Now with ownership changing hands to the Spokane Amateur Youth Hockey Association, the Lilac City Figure Skating Club and the Old Timer's Club - a rec league for older puck slappers, Tim and Dennis couldn't be happier with the direction the facility is headed.
"We feel very fortunate that the groups came together and they're the ones taking over," beamed Everson. "It's been our lives for many, many years and we're happy to see who it's going to and the direction that it's going."
Of course with new bosses comes a new look. With the help of KXLY, the North Spokane Icon will undergo a huge facilities upgrade from the lobby, to the locker rooms and the lunch bar. We'll keep you updated on the progress all Spring long on KXLY.com