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TOYOTA SPORTS CENTER

Kings, ASEC seal partnership with Pickwick Ice By Brian McDonough

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he Los Angeles Kings made yet another commitment to nurturing the continued growth and success of the local amateur hockey scene recently - this time turning their attention towards Burbank. The two-time Stanley Cup champions, along with American Sports Entertainment Company (ASEC), announced last month the acquisition of Pickwick Ice facility operations and a long-term partnership with Pickwick Gardens CEO Ron Stavert and his family. The facility has been renamed LA Kings Ice at Pickwick Gardens with exterior and interior rebranding set to commence in June when the rink will temporarily shut down. The news comes just a couple of months after the Kings and ASEC, along with the City of Los Angeles, mapped out plans to architect a $26 million facility located in Reseda. Construction on that project, which will include an NHL-sized ice sheet and roller hockey rink, is expected to begin this year with an anticipated opening in 2020. “We’re excited to acquire the Pickwick Ice facility business as we continue to invest in growing the game of hockey in Southern California,” said Kings president Luc Robitaille. “We’re thrilled to partner with Ron and build upon Pickwick’s strong youth and adult hockey tradition, including being home to the successful California Golden Bears youth hockey club.” During the summer shutdown at Pickwick, ASEC will help lead a three-phase alteration and improvement project that will cost around $1 million.

Founded in 2006, ASEC is the largest independent Valleys and downtown Los Angeles. A number of enterowner-operator of ice rinks in the United States oversee- tainment giants, including Disney, Warner Bros., Dreaming 19 facilities across the nation, including El Segundo’s works and Universal, are headquartered in the area. Toyota Sports Center - the official training facility of the The rink will be privy to a number of upgrades, includKings and home of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings and LA Lions. ing the removal and replacement of the cold-floor pipes; a Pickwick Ice has been home to the Los Angeles Fig- chiller rebuild with enhancements; the removal of heaved ure Skating Club, Golden Bears and countless skating concrete and ice rink floor in an effort to meet NHL-acenthusiasts for decades. In addition to ice rink, the cam- ceptable tolerances; repair and renovation of the existing subfloor heat system; installation pus sports a 24-lane state-of-theof cold-floor center-feed headers art bowling center, six full-service and pipes; upgrade of the board conference and banquet rooms system and tempered glass; inteand a two-and-a-half acre garden for guests to enjoy. rior painting with Kings branding “The team at Pickwick Garand graphics; and the installation of new exterior signage with Kings dens is looking forward to our branding. relationship with the Kings and “I truly believe this is a great ASEC,” said Stavert, whose family opportunity for our customers, has owned and operated the rink coaches, employees and partsince 1961. “They are venerable Under the direction of the Los Angeles Kings and ners,” said ASEC president and organizations we trust to steward ASEC, Burbank’s Pickwick Ice will undergo a COO Brad Berman. “Under our ice facility and, more impor- number of aesthetic and mechanical upgrades in the leadership of the Kings and tantly, deliver world-class service the coming months. ASEC and our best-in-class customer service and operto our customers. “We’ll now be able to focus all of our energy and re- ating standards, we’re confident we can take the Pickwick sources on continuing to invest in our other businesses Ice facility to the next level. to ensure Pickwick Gardens remains a premier recreation “We’ll work closely with Ron and all of Pickwick’s condestination for future generations.” stituents to effectuate a seamless transition. We look forPickwick Gardens has been a thriving recreational and ward to quickly making significant investments to upgrade food service business for more than 60 years. The cam- its physical plant and enhance its customer-friendly envipus rests in the east end of the San Fernando Valley and ronment for our figure skaters, hockey players and their is centrally located to the San Fernando and San Gabriel families.”

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