New Corporation Launched to update Canada's aging Ice Rinks

    Huron Sports Services Inc. created to expertly and affordably update rink

    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Forum Equity Partners Inc. and Rink Management
Services Corporation today announced that they have created Huron Sports
Services Inc. ( - a corporation that will
specialize in the design, construction and management of ice arenas and
recreational facilities in Canada. To address a truly national requirement for
new ice rink facilities, Huron Sports Services has established offices in
Vancouver and Toronto.
    "We are proud to announce with our partner that we have created Huron
Sports Services Inc. - a company that can provide the expertise and resources
needed to replace existing ice rink facilities in municipalities across
Canada," said Richard Abboud, president of Forum. "Given that the majority of
Canada's arenas are older than their life expectancy and in a state of
significant disrepair, municipalities need a credible and innovative way to
replace their existing ice rink infrastructure with new facilities designed to
meet the expectations of the communities they serve."
    Huron Sports Services Inc. was specifically created to design, build,
finance and operate community ice arenas and recreation centers across Canada.
Building upon the strengths of its founding partners, the new company will
fill a "design, management and funding formula gap" that exists in Canada.
Rink Management Services Inc. brings years of expertise in the design,
development, operation and maintenance of multipurpose sports facilities
together with Forum Equity Partners - a company familiar with the creation of
Public Private Partnership (P3) projects.
    "Canada is known globally as the home of hockey and world class skating.
More importantly, a community ice rink is part of Canada's recreational
culture. Clearly, Canadian's deserve ice rink facilities that are amongst the
best in the world," said Tom Hillgrove, president of Rink Management Services
Inc. "We are proud to be one of the founding partners of Huron Sports Services
and believe that the new company will be the best option for Canadian
municipalities as they address the issues regarding aging ice rink

    About Forum Equity Partners Inc.

    Forum is a Toronto based private real estate company specializing in the
development of public use facilities in partnership with the public sector.
Forum has bought built and sold over $500 million of real estate assets since

    About Rink Management Services Inc.

    Rink Management Services Corporation is the largest operator of ice
skating facilities in the United States, with over 1,600 employees and
operations in 14 states. (

For further information:

For further information: Rob Ireland, Mansfield Communications, (416)
599-0024 ext. 241; or Mark Cohen, Mansfield Communications, (416) 599-0024
ext. 240

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