Black Bear Sports acquires 5th ice arena in N.J.

An affiliate of Black Bear Sports Group Inc. has acquired its 14th ice arena, located in Mount Laurel, the Chevy Chase, Maryland-based sports investment company announced on Friday.

The Igloo at Mt. Laurel houses two NHL-size ice rinks, an athletic training gym and is home to the Igloo Jaguars Youth Hockey Club and various local recreational hockey programs.

​“The Igloo is a centrally-located hub for ice skating and hockey in southern New Jersey. With Revolution Ice Gardens to the west in Bucks County, PA, and Ice Land Skating Center to the north in Hamilton, N.J., we’re excited to add Igloo to our portfolio of ice rinks in the area,”  Murry Gunty, founder and CEO of Black Bear, said. “The Jaguars are a very strong Tier-2 youth program and we look forward to finally providing Jaguars players the necessary pipeline to advance to their desired levels through our AAA Mercer Chiefs and Revolution Elite AAA youth programs along with our Junior Hockey teams in the Eastern Hockey League, North American Hockey League and USHL.”

The Igloo is Black Bear’s fifth acquisition in New Jersey. The company also owns and operates Ice Land Skating Center in Hamilton, Jersey Shore Ice Arena in Wall, Aspen Ice in Randolph and Skylands Ice World in Stokholm.

“We are excited to welcome the Igloo and all its skaters to the Black Bear family,” Ryan Scott, vice president of Black Bear, said. “We expect to invest in the rink for the long term and to continue the strong tradition of Jaguars hockey and figure skating in the Arena by adding more tournaments, showcases and competitions for our players and figure skaters.”