Skating – Speed Skating http://speedskating.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:39:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://speedskating.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Skating – Speed Skating http://speedskating.org/ 32 32 No. 11 Terriers skate past No. 19 Notre Dame, 5-2 https://speedskating.org/no-11-terriers-skate-past-no-19-notre-dame-5-2/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 01:39:41 +0000 https://speedskating.org/no-11-terriers-skate-past-no-19-notre-dame-5-2/ History links The score of the box Highlights, post-match Pandolfo/Hutson Next game: United States Under-18 Team (exh.) 26/11/2022 | 2 p.m. Nov. 26 (Sat) / 2 p.m. United States Under-18 Team (exh.) BOSTON- […]]]>

BOSTON- First-year student Lane Hutson scored two goals and senior Matte brown had a goal and two assists to lead the No. 11 Boston University men’s ice hockey team to a 5-2 win over Notre Dame on Wednesday night at Agganis Arena.

BU (8-4-0) won its second straight game with three third-period goals, Hutson and Brown lighting the lamp in the final frame. Brown assisted on both of Hutson’s goals, providing the main assist on the rookie’s opening salvo before earning an assist on Hutson’s strike just 35 seconds from the start of the third period which put BU in place, 3-1.

Second year Ty Gallagher had a pair of senior assists, setting up goals by the seniors Dominique Fensore and Sam Steven. Seniors Jamie Armstrong, McCarthy case, Jay O’Brien and Wilmer Skoog each recorded an assist, as did the junior Luke Tuch and freshman Jeremy Wilmer.

Junior Drew Commeso made 26 saves to improve to 6-2-0 this season. The best save of the night was made by a defender, however, as a junior Cade Webber dove into the crease and knocked a loose puck down before a Notre Dame skater could push it past Commesso.

 

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

  • BU took a 1-0 lead just 9:34 into the proceedings. McCarthy retrieved the puck from the defensive end and passed it to Hutson, who won the blue line and passed it to Brown. Hutson continued on goal and deftly redirected Brown’s shot past Ryan Bischel (38 saves).
  • The Irish equalized at 16:23 of the first to send the teams to intermission tied.
  • Fensore recaptured the Terriers’ lead at 7:49 of the second stanza with a shot from the half-wall that caught Bischel off guard. The puck slipped past the unsuspecting goaltender for Fensore’s third goal of the campaign.
  • Webber’s diving heroism moments later kept the Terriers in front after 40 minutes.
  • Hutson’s second goal of the night gave the Terriers a 3-1 lead just 35 seconds into the final period.
  • As the teams skated 4-on-4, Hutson got the puck at the right time and skated around the top of the zone until he reached the bottom of the right circle. From there, he set up Skoog for a one-timer into the slot that was blocked. The rebound came straight to Hutson behind the net, however, and he circled the cage before lifting the pack past Bischel.
  • The Irish cut the deficit to one at 3-2 at 4:36, but Brown scored on the power play exactly four minutes later to restore the Terriers’ two-goal cushion.
  • A terrific redirection from Stevens on a shot from Gallagher closed the scoring with 9:20 left in regulation time.

PLAY NOTES

  • BU have now won back-to-back games against Notre Dame, as the Terriers secured a 4-1 win at Agganis on February 25, 2017.
  • The Terriers outscored the Irish, 43-28, marking the fourth time in the last five games that they have generated more than 40 shots on goal.
  • BU is averaging 41.2 shots on goal in those five games en route to a 4-1-0 record.
  • Hutson now has three game-winning goals this season, including each of the last two.
  • Hutson (3g, 1y) and Brown (2g, 2y) have four points in the past two games.
  • Brown now leads BU in goals (7), assists (10) and points (17) after his three-point night.
  • It was Brown’s fifth multipoint effort of the season.
  • Fensore found the back of the net in two straight tilts while Wilmer got an assist in two straight games.
  • Commesso has a .949 save percentage at home this season.
  • BU was 1 of 4 on the power play and a perfect 3 of 3 on the penalty kill.

NEXT

  • BU will host the U.S. national under-18 team in Agganis on Saturday for an exhibition competition.
  • The puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Ice skating will open this weekend in downtown Jeffersonville https://speedskating.org/ice-skating-will-open-this-weekend-in-downtown-jeffersonville/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:47:04 +0000 https://speedskating.org/ice-skating-will-open-this-weekend-in-downtown-jeffersonville/ Nov. 21—JEFFERSONVILLE — Ice skating returns to downtown Jeffersonville this year. This weekend, the Jeffersonville Parks Department will open a skating rink at the Depot at 701 Michigan Avenue. This is the first time in five years that the outdoor rink has opened in the city. Amber Powell, special events manager for the city of […]]]>

Nov. 21—JEFFERSONVILLE — Ice skating returns to downtown Jeffersonville this year.

This weekend, the Jeffersonville Parks Department will open a skating rink at the Depot at 701 Michigan Avenue. This is the first time in five years that the outdoor rink has opened in the city.

Amber Powell, special events manager for the city of Jeffersonville, said “the city is always thrilled to bring new activities to the community.”

“It’s been several years since we’ve had the rink, but we’re excited to bring it back,” she said.

Jeff on Ice will launch on Saturday in time for the Light Up Jeff event in downtown Jeffersonville, and it will continue through January 29. Ice skating will take place weekly from Wednesday to Sunday, and Monday and Tuesday are private rentals only.

Powell said a number of special events are planned in coordination with the rink. On Fridays, DJ Slikk will host the rink from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Santa Claus will visit on December 10 and 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The city is also planning pop-up events for Saturday nights, but these have yet to be announced. Powell encourages people to follow Jeffersonville Parks on Facebook and Instagram for updates on future events.

Although ticket sales are available on site, it is recommended to reserve tickets, as places are limited.

“If 60 people have already signed up, we don’t want to turn people away,” Powell said. “It’s better to book skate sessions online.”

Ice skating is $12 per ticket for all ages, and the ticket includes free skate rentals. Cash will not be accepted at the rink, and even if someone buys a ticket on site, the purchase will go through Eventbrite.

Skating sessions last 50 minutes and begin at the start of each hour. The city recommends people show up about 30 minutes before their session to strap on their skates and be ready to go.

When the city featured ice skating in previous years, it was located at the corner of Spring and Market streets. The Depot is a new venue that opened in 2021 in the NoCo Arts and Cultural District.

“It’s really great to use the new site for something as cool as the ice rink,” Powell said. “It really creates a magical backdrop for ice skating, and it’s a really good use of that space.”

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Laurent Dubreuil wins speed skating gold for Canada at World Cup in the Netherlands https://speedskating.org/laurent-dubreuil-wins-speed-skating-gold-for-canada-at-world-cup-in-the-netherlands/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:24:05 +0000 https://speedskating.org/laurent-dubreuil-wins-speed-skating-gold-for-canada-at-world-cup-in-the-netherlands/ Laurent Dubreuil, the defending World Cup 500-meter speed skating champion, was in fine form on Saturday. The 30-year-old from Quebec won the men’s race in 34.34 seconds in Heerenveen, Netherlands, after capturing a silver medal at the season opener last week in Stavanger, Norway. Dubreuil, who won 10 of 12 races last season, fell 27 […]]]>

Laurent Dubreuil, the defending World Cup 500-meter speed skating champion, was in fine form on Saturday.

The 30-year-old from Quebec won the men’s race in 34.34 seconds in Heerenveen, Netherlands, after capturing a silver medal at the season opener last week in Stavanger, Norway.

Dubreuil, who won 10 of 12 races last season, fell 27 hundredths of a second off the track record on Saturday, set by Tatsuya Shinhama on March 8, 2020.

Russia’s Pavel Kulizhnikov’s world mark of 33.61 has stood since March 9, 2019.

Wataru Morishige of Japan finished 11 hundredths behind Dubreuil on Saturday in 34.45 while Merijn Scheperkamp of the Netherlands was third (34.69).

Christopher Fiola (34.91) of Montreal and Cédrick Brunet (35.42) of Gatineau, Que., placed eighth and 19th.

WATCH | Dubreuil wins his first victory and his 3rd medal of the season:

Dubreuil wins 500m speed skating gold in Heerenveen

Canadian Laurent Dubreuil took the podium after finishing 0.11 seconds ahead of Japan’s Wataru Morishige in the Netherlands.

Dubreuil opened this week’s event by finishing 10th in the men’s 1,000 on Friday.

Last Sunday, Dubreuil won his second silver medal of the weekend in Norway, posting the fastest lap of the field and clocking 1:09.22 in the 1,000m for his first World Cup medal in the away since January 2021 when he won bronze. in Herenveen.

Dubreuil stopped the clock in 34.75 to win silver in the 500m last Saturday in Stavanger, the first of six World Cup events scheduled for the season.

WATCH | Dubreuil wins the overall title for the 2021-22 season in the 500m:

Canada’s Dubreuil wins overall World Cup title in 500m speed skating

Laurent Dubreuil of Lévis, Que., finished fourth in his 500-metre race but still managed to claim the season championship.

Last February he won Olympic silver in the men’s 1000m after a disappointing performance in his signature event. Dubreuil finished fourth in the 500m in Beijing, the only time all season he missed the podium in the distance.

In other races on Saturday, the Canadian trio of Ivanie Blondin, Brooklyn McDougall and Carolina Hiller placed second in the women’s team sprint clocking 1:27.45. Michelle de Jong, Marrit Fledderus and Femke Kok won in 1:26.57.

WATCH | The Canadians take silver in the team sprint:

Canadians claim silver in team sprint speed skating

Ivanie Blondin, Brooklyn McDougall and Carolina Hiller edged the American trio by just over a second in the Netherlands.

Blondin was also fifth in the women’s 1,500, with Dutch skater Antoinette de Jong posting a winning time of 1:53.73.

Beatrice Lamarche of Quebec (1:58.78) and Alexa Scott (1:59.54) of Clandeboye, Man., finished 16th and 18th.

In the men’s 5,000, Graeme Fish of Moose Jaw, Sask., was the top Canadian finishing ninth in 6:17.29. Jordan Belchos of Toronto was 13th (6:19.98).

Patrick Roest of the Netherlands took the win in 6:04.36, lowering his track record of 6:05.14 from 24 January 2021.

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Ice rink returns to Denver International Airport after two years https://speedskating.org/ice-rink-returns-to-denver-international-airport-after-two-years/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 20:39:45 +0000 https://speedskating.org/ice-rink-returns-to-denver-international-airport-after-two-years/ There’s good news and bad news if your flight is delayed at Denver International Airport anytime between this weekend and New Year’s Day. The bad news: Your flight is delayed. The good news: you can rent a pair of ice skates and go for a spin on the ice rink which opens on Friday, November […]]]>


There’s good news and bad news if your flight is delayed at Denver International Airport anytime between this weekend and New Year’s Day.

The bad news: Your flight is delayed.

The good news: you can rent a pair of ice skates and go for a spin on the ice rink which opens on Friday, November 18 in the outdoor square near the terminal counters.

“We are thrilled to announce that our ice rink is back for passengers and community members to enjoy,” airport CEO Phil Washington said in a prepared statement. The rink operated for four years before the pandemic closed it for the winters of 2020 and 2021.

“Whether people are traveling to or through DEN, or just want to visit the airport for the day and enjoy this free activity with friends and family, DEN is here to bring holiday cheer,” he said. -he adds.

The rink is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Refreshments and holiday treats are available for purchase at the Skate Shop (located inside the Westin Hotel), but skating and skate rentals are free. You can find the ice rink near the Tivoli restaurant and brasserie.

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Warsaw Cup 2022 – Poland – International Figure Skating https://speedskating.org/warsaw-cup-2022-poland-international-figure-skating/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:08:09 +0000 https://speedskating.org/warsaw-cup-2022-poland-international-figure-skating/ The penultimate event of the 2022 Challenger Series will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from November 17-20. All four disciplines will be contested and participation is free for all spectators. A total of 55 singles skaters, 14 couples and 11 ice dance teams will have long days of competition. Italian Daniel Grassl, winner of the […]]]>

The penultimate event of the 2022 Challenger Series will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from November 17-20. All four disciplines will be contested and participation is free for all spectators.

A total of 55 singles skaters, 14 couples and 11 ice dance teams will have long days of competition.

Italian Daniel Grassl, winner of the MK John Wilson Trophy last weekend, is headlining the men’s competition. This will be France’s first international of the season Kévin Aymoz after he was forced to withdraw from both Grand Prix assignments due to an injury he suffered at the French Masters in early October.

The women’s event is wide open with Poland’s Ekaterina Kurakova and Germany’s Nicole Schott in the lead.

Top picks for the podium in the pairs event would be Australia’s Anastasia Golubeva and Hektor Giatopolous Moore, the highest-ranked team on the junior circuit this season, and Rebecca Ghilardi and Filippo Ambrosini of Italy, who won their first event Challenger Series in Lake Placid and finished fourth at the French Grand Prix.

In ice dancing, the battle for gold is likely to be between French team Voice Demougeot and Theo Le Mercier, fourth at the French Grand Prix, and Jennifer Janse Van Rensburg and Benjamin Steffan of Germany who finished second at the Memorial Dennis Ten 2022 .

This competition overlaps with the NHK Trophy Grand Prix (link below).

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Japan’s Shun Sato wins bronze at British Grand Prix https://speedskating.org/japans-shun-sato-wins-bronze-at-british-grand-prix/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 05:24:09 +0000 https://speedskating.org/japans-shun-sato-wins-bronze-at-british-grand-prix/ Japan’s Shun Sato stood on the podium for the second time in the Figure Skating Grand Prix Series on Saturday, winning bronze in the MK John Wilson Trophy competition won by Italy’s Daniel Grassl. Sato, 18, who won silver last November in Grenoble, France, improved one spot after the men’s short program in Sheffield. He […]]]>

Japan’s Shun Sato stood on the podium for the second time in the Figure Skating Grand Prix Series on Saturday, winning bronze in the MK John Wilson Trophy competition won by Italy’s Daniel Grassl.

Sato, 18, who won silver last November in Grenoble, France, improved one spot after the men’s short program in Sheffield. He had the third highest score in the free skate of 166.35 for a total of 249.03.

Shun Sato of Japan competes in the Men’s Free Skating during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating at iceSheffield on November 12, 2022 in Sheffield, England. (International Skating Union/Getty/Kyodo)

Grassl, who finished second in the short program, totaled 264.35, while Latvian Deniss Vasiljevs won silver at 254.56.

Japan’s Koshiro Shimada finished fourth at 247.17, while fellow countryman and Grand Prix debutant Tatsuya Tsuboi totaled 226.13 in fifth place.


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In the women’s competition, defending Four Continents champion Mai Mihara will go into the free skate in first place after scoring 72.23 for her short program. She leads the American Isabeau Levito by 0.17.

Mai Mihara of Japan competes in the Ladies Short Program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating at iceSheffield on November 12, 2022 in Sheffield, England. (International Skating Union/Getty/Kyodo)

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Injured Flyers’ Cam Atkinson skated in Columbus on Thursday https://speedskating.org/injured-flyers-cam-atkinson-skated-in-columbus-on-thursday/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 19:46:27 +0000 https://speedskating.org/injured-flyers-cam-atkinson-skated-in-columbus-on-thursday/ COLUMBUS, Ohio — When winger Cam Atkinson emerged from the tunnel before taking to the ice for the Flyers’ morning practice, his teammates greeted him with cheers, their voices and batting echoing through an empty national arena . Atkinson waved to the barren stalls in a grand entrance for a grand occasion, though few people […]]]>

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When winger Cam Atkinson emerged from the tunnel before taking to the ice for the Flyers’ morning practice, his teammates greeted him with cheers, their voices and batting echoing through an empty national arena . Atkinson waved to the barren stalls in a grand entrance for a grand occasion, though few people were present to witness it.

Atkinson was an unknown guest in a very familiar place – the former Columbus Blue Jacket has been out with an undisclosed lower body injury since training camp (it was listed overnight on September 25) and he has been absent from the Flyers’ on-ice activities ever since.

” LEARN MORE: The softer side of John Tortorella: Inside the fiery trainer’s passion for helping animals in need

But Atkinson has shown he’s at the very least healthy enough to skate again, although his timeline for returning to the roster is unknown. The Flyers did not make him available for comment after the optional morning practice. It’s also unclear how long Atkinson has been in Columbus. During pre-season, coach John Tortorella said Atkinson had returned to the area to see a specialist he had worked with in the past.

Regardless of Atkinson’s uncertain schedule, his teammates cherished his presence ahead of the Flyers’ game against the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

“I think the most important thing is that when he’s out there, the guys are excited,” winger Joel Farabee said. “He’s one of those guys, he always has a smile on his face. So having that around the rink really helps.

Atkinson is an integral part of the Columbus hockey community, having been drafted and played for the Blue Jackets for 10 years and establishing the Battery Hockey Academy, a player development and training center for local athletes. He still has a home in the area and Farabee visited him Wednesday after the Flyers landed in Columbus. Even when he’s not in the lineup, Atkinson does his best to rally his teammates.

Last season, Atkinson also worked to bring the team together on the ice. He won the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers’ most valuable player and served as alternate captain for the latter part of the season. He finished second on the team in points (50) and goals (23) in his first season with the Flyers following his trade to the Blue Jackets.

“He’s a kind of all-weather guy,” Farabee said. “He can play on the power play, PK. A guy like that is really helpful in the lineup. Someone I look up to and try to model my game after, in a way, with everything he does there.

But as much as the Flyers miss his presence on the ice, they miss his leadership off it. When Tortorella arrived in Philadelphia, he said Atkinson served as a “conduit” between him and the team as one of his former players in Columbus.

“We miss him,” Tortorella said. “He’s a great pro. But I think the only way he’s helped me so far is for me to go. And he kind of gave people some clues about expectations, especially training camp preparation.

Now Atkinson’s teammates are eager to see him back to full health, a luxury some Flyers haven’t been able to achieve. They are still missing key elements for long-term injuries, including the defender Ryan Ellis (pelvic injury) and center Sean Couturier (back).

” LEARN MORE: Flyers’ 7-3-2 record is a bit misleading, but last two performances give hope

“When someone misses games and they come back, it’s an exciting time for them,” center Kevin Hayes said. “I’ve been there. I hope he makes it 100% before he comes back…because it’s just a little risky. It’s exciting. It’s Cam. It’s a big part of our team and he hasn’t played any matches yet.

Carter Hart (.946 save percentage, 1.97 goals-against average) was the first goalie off the ice in the Flyers’ morning practice, indicating he’s likely the starter against the Blues Jackets. Tortorella did not confirm until morning practice that Hart would start. Hart missed Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues due to illness, but returned to practice Wednesday. … Forward Tanner Laczynski, who played four years at Ohio State, is looking forward to his first professional hockey game in Columbus. “It’s like coming home a bit,” Laczynski said. “That’s where I spent four years, all my summers in college.”

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Grand Junction ice skater breaks down barriers | Western Colorado https://speedskating.org/grand-junction-ice-skater-breaks-down-barriers-western-colorado/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:20:16 +0000 https://speedskating.org/grand-junction-ice-skater-breaks-down-barriers-western-colorado/ Country the United States of AmericaUS Virgin IslandsU.S. Minor Outlying IslandsCanadaMexico, United Mexican StatesBahamas, Commonwealth ofCuba, Republic ofDominican RepublicHaiti, Republic ofJamaicaAfghanistanAlbania, People’s Socialist Republic ofAlgeria, People’s Democratic Republic ofAmerican SamoaAndorra, Principality ofAngola, Republic ofAnguillaAntarctica (the territory south of 60 degrees S)Antigua and BarbudaArgentina, Argentine RepublicArmeniaArubaAustralia, Commonwealth ofAustria, Republic ofAzerbaijan, Republic ofBahrain, Kingdom ofBangladesh, People’s Republic […]]]>

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How to watch the Street League Skating Super Crown live https://speedskating.org/how-to-watch-the-street-league-skating-super-crown-live/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 11:40:41 +0000 https://speedskating.org/how-to-watch-the-street-league-skating-super-crown-live/ On Sunday, November 6, skateboarding fans around the world will tune in to watch the Street League Skating Super Crown, which airs on ESPN+ live from Rio de Janeiro. The women’s World Championship event will begin at 5:30 a.m. PT, with the men’s event following at noon PT. How to watch the Street League Skating […]]]>

On Sunday, November 6, skateboarding fans around the world will tune in to watch the Street League Skating Super Crown, which airs on ESPN+ live from Rio de Janeiro. The women’s World Championship event will begin at 5:30 a.m. PT, with the men’s event following at noon PT.

How to watch the Street League Skating Super Crown in the US

This Sunday, November 6, the Street League Skating Super Crown heads exclusively to ESPN+. If you’re already an ESPN+ subscriber, all you need to do is log in to start watching, however, if you haven’t yet subscribed to ESPN+, you have two options. The first is that you can choose to sign up for ESPN+ exclusively for just $10 per month. If you’re strictly a sports fan and that’s the majority of what you watch, an ESPN+ subscription might be the best option for you.

Alternatively, for many people the Disney+ bundle may actually be a much better deal. For just $14 a month, you can access everything ESPN+ has to offer plus full access to Hulu and Disney+. That’s a huge value! The addition of Hulu and Disney+ for just an extra $4 per month, it seems like a no-brainer. So if you’re considering subscribing to ESPN+ for the first time, you should definitely consider the Disney+ package.

How to watch the Street League Skating Super Crown from abroad

If you’re looking forward to the Street League Skating Super Crown this Sunday and plan to tune in from the US, once you’ve signed up to ESPN+, all you have to do is tune in. However, if you’re not going to be in the US this Sunday, you’ll need to take the extra step to ensure you can watch the Super Crown. Before you can stream the event, you’ll need to sign up with a VPN provider, like NordVPN. Most streaming platforms limit the content available depending on the country you are visiting. With a VPN provider, you can trick websites into thinking you’re in the United States even when you’re traveling overseas. So once you’ve signed up to NordVPN, you can start watching whatever you want whenever you want from anywhere in the world, including the Street League Skating Super Crown this weekend.

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Transition at Chez Vous: As skating culture grows, the Toney family adopts a new personality https://speedskating.org/transition-at-chez-vous-as-skating-culture-grows-the-toney-family-adopts-a-new-personality/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:17:02 +0000 https://speedskating.org/transition-at-chez-vous-as-skating-culture-grows-the-toney-family-adopts-a-new-personality/ While the owners of the Chez Vous skating rink make a living by riding, the family business is going nowhere. The smell of fried chicken, a freshly polished maple wood floor and the sound of wheels rolling on hip-hop and R&B classics define a community staple at the crossroads of Dorchester and Mattapan that is […]]]>

While the owners of the Chez Vous skating rink make a living by riding, the family business is going nowhere. The smell of fried chicken, a freshly polished maple wood floor and the sound of wheels rolling on hip-hop and R&B classics define a community staple at the crossroads of Dorchester and Mattapan that is recognizable to many. in one look.

These days, the rink is getting even more attention with a fresh look as pop culture turns in favor of Chez Vous.

Founded in 1933 at the intersection of Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue, the rink has been a black-owned family business since the 1990s, when Edward Toney Sr. purchased it from Bernard Leventhal, a long-time family friend with whom he had worked before the sale. Coming out of the pandemic, the business was passed on to Toney’s children, Derick Foster-Toney and Edward Toney, Jr. Now the two brothers are welcoming a new generation of jammers and wheel dancers.

Foster-Toney was practically born with skates on his feet; he started skating at the age of 10 months. “It’s tradition,” he said in an interview. “If you’re a skater, it’s almost against the code not to get your child on skates as soon as possible.”

Chez Vous co-owners Derick Foster-Toney, left, and Edward Toney, Jr., right, with their friend Cleon Byron, who helps promote some skating events at the rink.

In 2014, he was the first to get on board with his dad and take his own step by starting a side business called Boston Swerve to promote roller skating in the area and across the country.

“I took the first interest because I have a personal love for roller skating that goes beyond ownership of the place,” Foster-Toney said. “I was at the forefront, then my siblings came along and now we run it every day without my parents. We started together just before the pandemic, then we had to shut down for a long time, and now we have taken over and we are running it together at full speed.

Foster-Toney notes that there are many in the community and beyond who are unaware of the dynamic history of Chez Vous as it has always been known. Beyond the classic, high-quality flooring that can’t be found anywhere, there’s also the memories and community that have sprung up around this unique Dorchester/Mattapan-based company.

“Chez Vous goes back so many generations,” Foster-Toney said. “There are so many different eras of Chez Vous to talk about. It’s truly a mainstay, not just to this community, but to Greater Boston, the state, and New England – not to mention the celebrities who have passed through or played here. People consider Chez Vous to be more than your average rink.

When the Toney family took over the rink in the 1990s, it adapted to its current personality – colorful lighting, a wall of graffiti, school outings and an extensive menu including fried chicken, handmade pizzas and even full dinners.

The facility may have been taken for granted at times, but today it’s starting to gain regional recognition, said Foster-Toney, who suggests the newfound recognition has a lot to do with the sudden popularity of the roller skating in the media, where teens and adults, young and old, are hooked on the roller rink scene.

Roller skating culture was alive and well before the pandemic, he said, but during rink closures people tried different things, one of which was pulling their old skates out of the closet, putting their headphones and skate on the tennis or basketball court.

“It’s a good thing that could be a good thing,” Foster-Toney said. “Skating never went away, but it also never had this media push that kept it in front of people like it does now…It helps to have this new interest and people see celebrities rollerskating and they want to do the same… I just hope rinks like ours take advantage of this moment.

The Toney brothers said they’re doing everything they can to showcase their product in new ways, from growing the base of school groups to promoting young adult skates to hosting parties at theme. The work to keep people’s attention on the business is ongoing. Part of that challenge, Foster-Toney said, is being a black-owned business in Dorchester.

“It’s harder for a black-owned business to keep that business afloat because our neighborhood is stigmatized, and we’re underappreciated and underappreciated,” he said. “You don’t get the same praise for Dorchester as you do for Boylston Street or the town centre. They have the same problems as us, but they highlight their successes and only highlight our problems. Often foreigners don’t want to come here because of the stigma.

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However, the legacy of Chez Vous allows the family to move forward with new ideas and constant reinvention. While some in the neighborhood and beyond might bristle at the thought of coming to skate on Blue Hill Avenue, more and more people these days are focusing on the near-perfect skating rink that has just enough grip and great glide to deliver the best skating in Boston. has to offer.

“I’d rather not have it easy and be in control of what I do than just be appreciated for being here,” Foster-Toney said. “We have no intention of going anywhere. It’s more important now because at the same time, we have people coming from every neighborhood and from all over Greater Boston – and states like Rhode Island and Connecticut. It’s much more diverse now than it ever was. It’s a good sign that people from all over the world want to come here and be part of this unique thing that we have in Dorchester.

Chez Vous is located at 11 Rhodes Ave. For detailed hours of operation and special events, visit chezvousrollerrink.com.

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