Joy Burns Ice Arena

Skate and play in this NHL-sized ice rink that is available for an assortment of ice activities including hockey games and practices, student club and intramural play, figure skating, broomball, birthday parties,
corporate team building events and more!

Public Programs

Practice your skating, work on hockey skills or enjoy the ice with the entire family with public ice programs at the Joy Burns Arena and Magness Arena! Public Skate Sessions are hosted throughout the week and open to skaters of all levels. Practice your hockey skills at weekly Stick and Puck or Drop-In Hockey sessions. Stick and Puck is open to skaters ages 5 and older to practice skating and hockey skills, and Drop-In Hockey sessions are an open scrimmage for all hockey players of all abilities over 18 years of age.


Whether you’re an experienced ice skater or hockey player or have never stepped a skate on the ice, the Ritchie Center’s instructional ice programs will help prepare you to tackle the ice with confidence. The Learn to Skate program provides year-round skating instruction that follows the Basic Skill program sponsored by U.S. Figure Skating  for participants ages 3 years to adult. Adult Learn to Play Hockey lessons are designed to help participants develop the skill required for recreational or competitive hockey play. Youth hockey lessons are available through Learn to Skate with hockey skating levels and Jr. Pioneers Hockey Pre-Team.

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The Ritchie Center offers competitive ice programs for both youth and adult year-round. Jr Pioneers Hockey offers competitive youth hockey opportunities for 4-18 year olds in the Denver community as a part of the Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League (CCYHL). With more than 300 players in the association, Jr. Pioneers Hockey helps provide a positive environment where players develop and learn about the game of hockey through sportsmanship. For the more experienced adult hockey enthusiast, our Adult Hockey leagues offer different divisions based on skill and experience for players 18 and older. For DU Students, Club Sports ice programs offer a way of bringing together groups of students with similar ice interests to participate together in a recreational setting.