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Schenectady County Ice Rink is a skating success

Mike McConkey is a master multitasker.

He's the rink manager for the Schenectady County Ice Rink in Scotia, but he said his title doesn't mean much.

I do a little bit of everything, he said. "I take care of rentals, I scrub the toilets, I schedule events and I keep the rink clean."

The rink is owned by Schenectady County, but McConkey runs the rink for the Schenectady Youth Hockey Association, who has a contract with the county to manage the rink.

According to McConkey, the most important part of his job is taking the time to get to know his regular customers.

"I think the key to our success here is that the programs we're running are geared for the people who are coming here regularly," he said. "We get to know who uses the rink and we do our best to accommodate them."

McConkey said he's opened the rink as early as 5:30 a.m. for figure skaters to work on their routines and for adult hockey groups who want to get in a little skating before they have to go in to the office.

The rink is a popular hangout for hockey players young and old. It's the home of the Niskayuna/Schenectady High and Mohonasen/Schalmont combined hockey teams and serves as a practice facility for the Oneonta State's hockey team. McConkey also said the rink is home of the popular Retired Old Boys (R.O.B.) over-40 hockey program, which he said brings approximately $30,000 in revenue to the facility each year.

And the hockey action doesn't stop when the winter season comes to a close. The rink has garnered local attention for its spring and summer programs, especially their Stick and Puck Open Hockey program, which is open to hockey players and skaters of all levels in the spring and summer.

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