Before the construction of the Wendell A. Barwood Arena, Hartford High School had few reasonable options for a town skating rink. The first town rink was located at Frost Park, and ice skating was also held by flooding the tennis courts outside the High School. Hockey teams would have to travel to Northwood in order to play. In the winter of 1976, the town skating rink was built directly behind the High School. At the time, the building was called the Bureau of Recreational Funds; more commonly known as the “B.O.R.”
Much about the rink has changed since its initial construction. When first built, there was a simple covering, with no exterior wall, only fencing. Frigid winds would blow through the building, presenting problems for both players and fans. The first “Zamboni” was a mechanism pulled by a tractor. As time progressed, the rink has improved incredibly, with exterior walls and a concession stand. The name of the rink has also changed, from the B.O.R. to the Hartford Municipal Arena, to the current name of the Wendell A. Barwood Arena.
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