Black Bear Sports Group acquires its third N.J. ice arena

Black Bear Sports Group Inc. said one of its affiliates has acquired the Aspen Ice Arena in Randolph.

The arena houses two NHL-sized ice rinks, an exercise studio and is home to the New Jersey Freeze Youth Hockey Club, Delbarton School Green Wave, Randolph Rams High School and other local high school and recreational hockey programs.

“Aspen Ice is a first-class facility and will be one of the premier rinks in our portfolio,” Murry Gunty, founder and CEO of Black Bear, said. “Many talented hockey players and skaters call the Arena their home ice and we are excited for continued expansion in New Jersey — one of the top hockey states in the country. Through our network of coaches and junior hockey teams, we offer players in our ice rinks a unique opportunity to advance from youth hockey to junior hockey and into college and beyond.”

This is Aspen’s third acquisition in the state, it said. It currently owns and operates Ice Land Skating Center in Hamilton and Jersey Shore Ice Arena in Wall.

“New Jersey is a hockey state,” Ryan Scott, vice president of Black Bear, said. “We are excited to bring our industry knowledge and hockey network to northern New Jersey. Youth hockey continues to expand in the area and the Arena is a proud partner of the New Jersey Devils’ Learn to Play program.”