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Suburban Sports Group Rinks

Onyx-Rochester Ice Arena renamed Suburban Ice Rochester

By SIROC Staff, 05/20/20, 4:00PM EDT


When the hockey and figure skating communities can return to the rink, they will notice a new logo on the ice arena in Rochester, Mich.

Suburban Sports Group is proud to announce the renaming of the Onyx-Rochester Ice Arena to Suburban Ice Rochester.

Since its doors opened in 1999, Suburban Sports Group has managed all facility operations for the three-sheet facility, and it acquired ownership of the building in late 2017.

“We are excited to officially bring Suburban Ice Rochester under the Suburban Ice brand,” said executive director Lyle Phair. “With two decades of operation, this building has a lot of history and a legacy to uphold - and other than a change in name, everything else will continue the way it always has in Rochester.”

Suburban Ice Rochester will continue to be home to the Rochester Hockey Club, the Onyx-Suburban Skating Academy, Onyx Infinity Synchronized Skating and the Onyx Theatre Troupe, as well as the Rochester United and Stoney Creek high school varsity programs and the men’s Oakland University Golden Grizzlies team. The building’s substantial adult league offerings and its Learn to Skate program – the largest in the state of Michigan – will remain unchanged, as well.

The state-of-the art facility contains three NHL-regulation sized ice sheets, a full-service pro shop operated by Perani's Hockey World, a performance training facility operated by Applied Fitness Solutions, concession stand, skate rental and meeting areas. It was designed by Rosetti Associates of Birmingham, and built by Frank Rewold & Sons of Rochester, thanks to the dedication and commitment from original owner and creator Ray Nicholson, the late Rochester resident, businessman and philanthropist.

“Ray Nicholson built the Onyx back in the late 1990s with the primary intent to serve the youth of his community,” said Tom Anastos, CEO of Suburban Sports Group. “The facility has done exactly that over the years, hosting thousands of hockey players, figure skaters and recreational skaters of all ages. It has also served as the host site of major state and national events in both hockey and figure skating. This building has truly developed into one of the real gems in community-based ice sport activities around the country and we will continue to embrace Ray’s spirit and legacy in the years ahead as Suburban Ice Rochester.”

About Suburban Sports Group:

Suburban Sports Group is an industry leader in arena management, hockey program development and administration, figure skating and sports digital media/marketing. It’s family of companies includes Suburban Hockey, Suburban Sports Communications and Suburban Arena Management. Arenas under SSG management include Suburban Ice East Lansing, Suburban Ice Farmington Hills, Suburban Ice Macomb, Suburban Ice Rochester, Novi Ice Arena and Royal Oak’s John Lindell Ice Arena. These facilities comprise 13 sheets of ice, attracting more than 5,000,000 visitors per year and more than 5,000 amateur players and coaches who participate in company-operated hockey programs.