When Jon Brooks, president of Arizona Amateur Hockey Association, first saw a portable cross-ice boards system at the USA Hockey Winter Meeting in January 2012, he knew right away it would benefit the players in his state.
“They were quality boards that created an age-appropriate real playing surface and I believed they would be a positive thing for our customers,” said Brooks. “When we got back to Arizona, we proposed to our board of directors that we pick up the cost to get them for our arenas.”
AAHA purchased six sets of the cross-ice boards and made them available to the arenas in Arizona in November 2012. Two arenas in the state also purchased a second set of boards themselves.