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The Entrance sign to Wissahickon Skating Club
Wissahickon Skating Club
Location 550 West Willow Grove Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States United States
Founded 1956
Type Private
Club Colors Red, White, Blue             
Executive Committee
President Fred R. Levin
Vice President-Ice Committee William S. Petersohn
Vice President-Membership Pamela M. Nason
Vice President-House Committee Robert J. Baer
Secretary Gerald D. Quill
Treasurer J. David Mustin
Website http://www.wissskating.com

Wissahickon Skating Club (WSC) is a non-profit skating club in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The club was organized in 1954 for the purpose of supporting amateur and professional athletes for ice hockey and figure skating competitions. Construction began in 1955, and in 1956, the doors opened. The original building still stands today.

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Club history

WSC was started in 1954 by a group of Chestnut Hill residents who believed their community would benefit from a skating rink. With the contributions from many families, the rink was opened in 1956. Originally the club only operated for 7 months out of the year. However, by the late 1950's the club was operating year round due to new rink cooling technology.

Ice hockey

WSC is a member of the Delaware Valley Hockey League and has junior hockey (ages 6-18), girls hockey (U16), and senior hockey (19 and older). In the 2009-2010 season, there are 9 junior hockey teams, 1 girls hockey team, and 4 senior hockey teams.

Teams

  • Midget U18AA
  • Midget U16AA
  • Bantam A
  • Bantam B
  • Peewee A
  • Squirt A
  • Squirt B
  • Mite A
  • Mite B
  • Girls U16
Wissahickon Merritton Logo during the 40th Annual Tournament in 2006.

WSC vs. MAA

Wissahickon has been involved in an international hockey exchange with the Merritton Bulldogs from St. Catharines, Ontario which is the longest running tournament of its kind beginning in 1964. The tournament is for the Peewee A and Bantam A levels. Each player is assigned a billet, to stay with during the tournament. The tournament location alternates yearly between Philadelphia and Merritton and is held during President's Day weekend. There is a skills competition, exhibition game, and championship game at the Peewee and Bantam levels. In addition there is an alumni game held for past participants.

Figure skating

WSC has a very strong figure skating program, thanks to the many veteran professional figure skaters that give daily instruction. WSC held the 1998 US National Figure Skating Championship.

Wisscapades

Every four years the club puts on an on-ice show called Wisscapades. It's purpose is to allow WSC skaters to showcase their talent. Each Wisscapade has its own theme.

Pro shop

WSC has a pro shop with hockey/figure merchandise. Custom sharpening is also available in the pro shop.

Public sessions

WSC is open every friday night from 8:30-10:30 for public skating. There are also additional skating slots around the holidays. In addition to public sessions the ice can also be rented depending on availability. There is also space for birthday parties and private events.

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