Pictured above: Tim Wilkinson and center ice logo at Wilkinson Ice Arena
The City of St. Peters dedicated Rink A at Rec-Plex South as Wilkinson Ice Arena in honor of the memory of Tim Wilkinson, one of the key people who brought ice rinks to the St. Peters Rec-Plex and more opportunities for area youth to play hockey. A special dedication ceremony took place Oct. 13, 2018, at Rec-Plex South.
Wilkinson’s efforts with Jim Hofer and Tom Connors in the early 1990s led to the inclusion of ice rinks in the original St. Peters Rec-Plex facility, which opened for the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1994. He was one of the founders of the St. Peters Spirit Hockey Club in 1993. As the City of St. Peters Assistant City Administrator, Tim led the team working to build Rec-Plex South and its two NHL-sized ice rinks, which opened in 2007.
Wilkinson was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012 in the builder category. He died earlier this year at the age of 60.
City of St. Peters officials, members of Wilkinson’s family, representatives of the St. Peters Spirit and other friends and associates gathered to dedicate Wilkinson Ice Arena and unveil a plaque memorializing the efforts Tim made to help ensure the future of hockey for generations of girls and boys in our community.
Fittingly, players on the St. Peters Spirit hockey club were competing at Wilkinson Ice Arena on the day of the ceremony. Larry Bumb, who is on the Board of Directors for the St. Peters Spirit, says the organization has grown into the largest youth hockey club in the state of Missouri with more than 750 members.
PHOTOS: Above, St. Peters Spirit teams compete at Wilkinson Ice Arena. Below, Mayor Len Pagano is joined by the St. Peters Board of Aldermen as he speaks during the dedication ceremony honoring Tim Wilkinson, and Tim's daughters, Sarah and Liz, unveil a plaque honoring Tim.
Learn more about Rec-Plex hockey and Rec-Plex South facilities at www.stpetersmo.net/Rec-Plex.