PROVIDENCE, RI – Last season the Johnson & Wales University men's ice hockey team was reinvigorated with the hire of Eric Graham as the program's newest head coach. The Wildcats got more good news recently as they'll have a new home for the 2020-21 season.
When the Wildcats open the new campaign they will take the ice at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Mass. For the last nine seasons, Johnson & Wales called Lynch Arena in Pawtucket home.
Opened in 2017, the NESV Ice is a 110,000 square feet ice facility that houses two full sheet NHL rinks, a 3/4 sheet studio rink and a goalie pad. In addition, it has a full state-of-art hockey skills center, with a Rapid Shot System, three synthetic surfaces, and a unique double wide (2-player) treadmill.
"JWU Hockey is thrilled to call the New England Sports Village our new home," Graham said. "This facility will be a game-changer for our program, as it allows us to have the player development resources that exceed most Division III rinks. The amenities of NESV will provide our players, families, and fans with a great college hockey experience."
JWU will have its own locker room, coaches offices and training room. Student-athletes can access a full-service athletic strength and conditioning center run by Athletic Performance Training (APT) and a physical therapy practice run by Performance Physical Therapy.
The facility is also home to a family entertainment center, party/reception catering space, The Barn Restaurant and Dunkin' Donuts.