By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Right now it looks like a giant erector set, but by mid-December the Tri-State Area's newest Olympic-size ice skating rink will be complete.
The Doris I. Billow Ice Arena is under construction on Pa. 16 near the village of Zullinger, west of Waynesboro.
Peter Downey, 54, was hired in August to set up the rink, hire its staff and manage it after it opens. Downey, who is from Connecticut, has been in the ice skating business for most of his life. He managed rinks in New England from 1970 to 1993, most of the time while also coaching college hockey teams at Yale in New Haven, Conn., Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
He served as executive director of the International Hockey Training Center, which has facilities in seven states and Canada. Throughout his career, Downey said, he has coached 12 players who ended up as professionals in the National Hockey League and six who played on Olympic teams.