Hockey player Brian Gionta, and his wife, Harvest, recently donated ice skates to the town of Greece for residents to use on its outdoor rink.
The donation includes 50 pairs of ice skates in youth and adult sizes as well as 12 helmets for optional use. Gionta partnered with Locker Room Sports on behalf of the town of Greece to have the skates regularly sharpened at no cost.
Gionta joined National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils in 2001, and was a member of their 2003 Stanley Cup-winning team. He also played for the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres.
The Giontas made the donations to promote skating in the community.
The town of Greece skating rink is located outside the Community Center, 3 Vince Tofany Blvd., Rochester. Open skate hours run from 3 to 9 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays-Sundays. Residents can bring their own skates or borrow a pair from the Giontas’ donation at the Community Ice Rink Warming Hut.
Greece residents can skate for free; nonresidents can skate for $1.
“Hundreds of people from the community enjoy our outdoor winter ice skating rink,” Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said. “The town of Greece is so thankful to Brian and Harvest Gionta for their generous donation, and I encourage the families in our community to stop by and enjoy the ice rink this winter.”