AFFTON AMERICANS HOCKEY
| The Affton Athletic Association announced plans to build an outdoor ice rink at the Affton Sports Field,
|An agreement was reached with local trade unions and volunteers did most of the work on the facility. Local organizations joined in endorsing the AAA ice skating facility. The Affton Chamber of Commerce, Affton Lions, Concord Lions, White-Rodgers Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, and the Gravois Kiwanis helped to coordinate with other organizations in assisting to raise money toward the $400,000 project.
The idea of an ice rink was well received by all who were asked to donate. The association sought financial support from individuals, businesses and associations, and conducted a door-to-door campaign throughout the local neighborhoods. The remainder of the needed dollars was from sales in the form of memberships to the rink.
By October, 1972, the memberships topped out at 600, with a waiting list of 400 families. More than 4,000 skaters per week were needed to pass through through the doors to reach the needed financial goal. The program was open to all through its memberships or public session hours. Gene McNary (then St. Louis County Prosecutor) and Noel Picard (a member of the St. Louis Blues) and hundreds of other volunteers headed up the drive for the ice rink. The dream was under way.