Grand Oaks Ice Arena
Grand Oaks Ice Arena is a community owned arena with a hometown atmosphere. Our programs include house and travel hockey (Spring and Fall), summer clinics, and various levels of learn to skate and figure skating. We are also the home to the Howell High.
Home To
Livingston Lightning, Livingston Skate Club, and Howell Warriors
Training programs, sticks and pucks

Learn to Skate

Travel Tryouts

Youth House Hockey

About Us

Grand Oaks Ice Arena Ice Skating Rink was founded in 1992, Grand Oaks Ice Arena of Howell, MI is an indoor rink and open year round. Ice skating sessions for the public are one of the main attractions at Grand Oaks Ice Arena. Also offer private hockey lessons and figure and ice skating lessons.



Congratulations to the ’07 Squirt team for making it the State Championship in Traverse City this season!

They played incredible all weekend before eventually falling to Saginaw spirit in the championship game. Livingston lost the first game of the weekend and then won the next three games. They beat the Soo in an exciting semi-final game.

The team is coached by Jim Pietila, Kirk Pietila and Mark Pietila.

Rules & Safety

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Important Information, Please Take the Time to Review

Current MAHA Rule Changes

Clean Your Equipment

Whether you are getting ready for a new season, or in the playoffs, it’s important to take a few minutes to ensure your equipment is in good working order and clean. Dirty equipment can be the source of unhealthy bacteria growth.

Here’s a brief list of things to look at when packing your hockey bag.

  • HELMET – Your hockey helmet absorbs a lot of sweat during the season.  The protection padding can act like a sponge, trapping the sweat inside.  Clean your helmet with a   gentle soap and warm water, and scrub it.  Let it air dry.
  • MOUTH GUARD – Use a toothbrush and some mouthwash.  It’s a good idea to keep your mouth guard in a protective case to keep it clean.  If you don’t have a protective case, a zip lock plastic baggie will work.
  • PADS AND PANTS – Your shoulder pads, shin pads, and elbow pads can all be washed in the gentle cycle of your washing machine along with your breezers.  Do not put in the dryer to dry, always air dry.
  • GLOVES – Your gloves can also be washed in the washing machine, using the gentle cycle, or soak in the sink with some warm soapy water. Don’t put them in the dryer, let them air dry.
  • SKATES – For your skates, take the laces out and pull back the tongues.  Check your skate blades for rust, cracks or abnormal wear.
  • EQUIPMENT BAG  – Your bag can be sprayed with Febreeze, or other products designed for such and air it out.



  1. Play for FUN.
  2. Work hard to improve your skills.
  3. Be a team player – get along with your teammates.
  4. Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
  5. Be on time for practices and games.
  6. Learn the rules and play by them. Always be a good sport.
  7. Respect your coaches, teammates, parents, opponents and officials.
  8. Never argue with an official’s decision


A common challenge in youth sports today is the all-too-common attitude that winning is everything. Nothing could be further from the truth. USA Hockey believes this attitude can contribute to players, coaches and parents displaying a lack of good sportsmanship. In any athletic contest, the competitors should do their best to try and win. After all, striving to win is a part of healthy competition. But winning or losing is only a result – it should not be the reason we play the game.

Everyone in the game should have a sense of fair play. Satisfaction should come from playing your hardest and doing your best. There is a big difference between losing and being a loser. If you have done your best and played within the rules, you are never a loser. By the same token, you may win the game, but if you aren’t humble in victory, or played without respect for your opponent, you aren’t a winner.


The real reason to play ice hockey and other youth sports is because they are fun. When everyone displays good sportsmanship, it helps create a better environment.

Other reasons are to:

  • Develop fundamental motor skills
  • Acquire skills for recreation and leisure
  • Learn to interact with others
  • Learn values such as loyalty to a common cause, respectfor others and respect for the letter and spirit of rules
  • Learn how to accept constructive criticism
  • Gain a positive sense of self-worth
  • Make friends and be a part of a team

There is a lot to be gained by playing hockey.
USA Hockey has developed “Codes of Conduct” for youth hockey. Try your best to display good sportsmanship and a winning attitude by following these codes.


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Spectator’s Code of Conduct

  1. Display good sportsmanship.  Always respect players, coaches and officials.
  2. Act appropriately; do not taunt or disturb other fans.  Enjoy the game together.
  3. Cheer good plays of all participants; never “boo” the opponent.
  4. Cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play;  profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive.
  5. Help provide a safe and fun environment; throwing objects onto the playing surface can cause injury to players and officials.
  6. Do not lean over or pound on the glass;  the glass surrounding the rink is part of the playing area.
  7. Support the officials and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.
  8. Respect locker rooms as private areas for players, coaches and officials.
  9. Be supportive after the game, win or lose.  Recognize good effort, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Parent’s Code of Conduct

  1. Do not force your children to participate in sports, but support their desires to play their chosen sport.  Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment.  Make it fun.
  2. Encourage your child to play by the rules.  Remember, children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams.
  3. Do not embarrass you child by yelling at players, coaches or officials.  By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants, your child will benefit.
  4. Emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit your young athlete.  De-emphasize games and competition in the younger age groups.
  5. Know and study the rules of hockey and support the officials. This approach will help in the development of the game.  Any criticism of the officials only hurts the game.