Miracle On Ice -Winter 2017

by: Joshua H. Balling

photography by: Nicole Harnishfeger

Every Wednesday morning from early September through February, the Island Waves synchronized skating team arrives at the rink off Backus Lane before the sun rises. Its nine girls, ages 9-16, skate in unison for over an hour, carving precision patterns in the ice under the watchful eye of a pair of coaches while the majority of the island is still asleep.

On Monday and Thursday afternoons during the school year, around 100 kids head straight from class to the rink, where they strap on skates and circle the ice, laughing with friends and stretching legs that have been confined beneath a desk for most of the day.

Hockey at the rink is popular among men, women and kids, with a thriving youth program, whose teams have won numerous tournaments and championships.

In any given week, the rink also hosts the Nantucket High School hockey team’s games and practices, men’s and women’s hockey games and a thriving youth-hockey program whose teams have won state and regional championships, learn-to-skate classes for children as young as 3, classes and summer camps for both hockey players and figure skaters, and even a curling club.

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