Protec Ponds Training Center

www.ProtecPonds.com

About Us

Protec Ponds Ice Center, located on 15 Worlds Fair Drive in Somerset, New Jersey, you will find a state of the art sports facility that focuses on ice skating activities for both youth and adults.  The fun takes place on one full size ice rink, and two ponds (or mini rinks).

 Come in the building any time throughout the year and you can find hockey, figure skating, public skating, and birthday parties taking place in the building.

Contact Us

Phone: 732-868-9181

Location

Protec Ponds Ice Skating Center
15 World’s Fair Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873 – Map It
(p) 732-868-9181 (f) 732-868-9182

Somerset, NJ is located just south of I-287 in east central New Jersey, approximately 30 miles southwest of Newark and approximately 30 miles northeast of Trenton.

From the North:

I-287 South to Easton Avenue/County Road-527 (Exit 10). Continue straight onto Easton Avenue and proceed East approx. 0.4 mile to Worlds Fair Drive. Turn right on World’s Fair Drive and proceed South approx. 0.25 mile to arena on the left.

From New York City:

Holland Tunnel to I-78 West. Proceed West on I-78 approx. 8 miles to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike). Proceed South on I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike) approx. 16 miles to Rt-440 North/I-287 North (Exit 10). Follow I-287 north approx. 11 miles to Easton Avenue/CR-527 (Exit 10). Bear left onto CR-527 South/Easton Ave. and proceed East approx. 0.6 mile to Worlds Fair Drive. Turn right on World’s Fair Drive and proceed South approx. 0.25 mile to arena on the left.

From the West:

I-78 East approx. 27 miles to I-287 South (exit 29). Proceed South on I-287 approx. 11 miles to Easton Avenue/County Road-527 (Exit 10). Continue straight onto Easton Ave. and proceed East approx. 0.4 mile to Worlds Fair Drive. Turn right on World’s Fair Drive and proceed South approx. 0.25 mile to arena on the left.

From the South:

I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike) North to Exit 9 (New Brunswick). Follow Route 18 North to Easton Ave (Rt. 527) / South Bound Brook Exit. Follow exit ramp to first traffic light (Landing Lane). Make a left onto Landing Lane and proceed to next traffic light (Easton Avenue). Make a right onto Easton Avenue and follow for 3.5 miles. About 1/8 mile past the Route 287 Exits, stay in left lane and make “U”-turn and follow Easton Avenue back South to first traffic light (World’s Fair Drive). Make right onto World’s Fair Drive and arena is up on your left.

Executive Staff

Joe Bucchino – General Manager

Joe Bucchino came to Protec at the beginning of 2016 as General Manager. He brings with him 25 years of experience in professional hockey, and 15 years of experience in facility management. In order to make Protec as successful as possible for the community and staff, Joe’s mission is to create and promote programs for hockey, ice skating, figure skating, and much more. His goal is to make Protec a facility for families to always feel welcome, and to enjoy a fun, positive experience on the ice and off.

Email: joe@protecponds.com

Barry Dreger – Hockey Director

Barry Dreger has recently served as Rockets NCDC Head Coach and the Jr. Kings’ 18U AAA Head Coach, played three seasons of Major Junior in the Western Hockey League (WHL) before embarking on an 11-year professional career in the American Hockey League (AHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and ECHL. A Winnipeg native, Dreger, was also a successful coach in the American Collegiate Hockey Association with Kennesaw State University where he led the team to a national tournament appearance in 2012.

Email: barry@protecponds.com

Don Migliorisi – Assistant Hockey Director

Don Migliorisi has served with Protec for 5 plus years as Head Coach, Youth Coordinator, Clinic Planner, Tournament Planner, Spring and Summer Hockey Director, as well as web and flyer design. He works to maintain a strong working relationship with all Duck players and their families. Reach out anytime!

Email: don@protecponds.com

Eleanor Reiss – Figure Skating Director

At Protec Ponds, Eleanor Reiss looks to expand her teaching skills and experience while taking beginner skaters into more advanced and competitive programs.  All this being done in a team setting with coaches of every level, to ensure dynamic growth in step with USFSA standards.  Coach Reiss has worked with rinks in the past, most recently as Figure Skating Director, managing 12 skating coaches with responsibility for private and learn to skate activities.  Her professional accolades include a double gold medal in figure and freestyle in 1982, and she was also a Canadian gold medalist.  Eleanor is a USFSA and PSA member, category “A”.

Email: skate@protecponds.com

Chris Morales – Building and Ice Operations Manager, Edge 2 Edge Pro-Shop Manager

Chris has been with Protec since the summer of 2016 to which he brought over 20 years of Facility Management experience. He is a member of NEISMA (North East Ice Skating Managers Association), U.S. Ice Rink Association (formerly STAR) where he was certified as an Ice Technician in 2008, and ISI (Ice Skating Institute) where he was certified as an Arena Operator, also in 2008. Chris Morales gained a Bachelors of Construction Management at SUNY Oswego in 2004 where he also played D3 hockey as a defenseman. After graduating Chris worked for various rinks and rink management companies as an Operations Manager, Facility Manager and Zamboni Driver, and ran roller skating, hockey and figure skating programs for the boys and girls clubs in NYC. He has now taken over the building and ice operations at Protec Ponds, and takes much pride in the high standard of ice quality he has quickly achieved. New for 2019, Chris is the proud manager of Protec’s brand new Pro-Shop Edge2Edge! Stop in and get your skates worked on or sharpened, or pick up those game-day essentials. Best cut in town!

E-mail: cmorales@protecponds.com

Stephen Reu – Manager of Hockey Administration, Director of Operations Protec JR Ducks

Stephen has been with Protec since April 2019 as a Manager on Duty, Now in his new role of Manager of Hockey Administration. Stephen brings years of intern experience as well as turning a rinks business around this past winter at Newport Skates in Jersey City. His Intern experiences are with organizations such as the, Monmouth County YMCA, Jersey Shore Whalers, NJ Jackals, Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.Stephen gained a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with minors in Leadership and Communications at Slippery Rock University in 2018. Where he also played ACHA D1 hockey as right wing/center. Stephen was also a board member for his Sports Management Alliance. As well as a crew member for the Slippery Rock news station, WSRU-TV.

E-mail: Stephen@protecponds.com

Joe Gambardella – Consultant to Protec Hockey

Joe Gambardella is an American professional ice hockey player for the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He attended the University of Massachusetts–Lowell where he played college hockey and was a business major. Undrafted into the NHL, Gambardella signed an entry-level contract with the Oilers in 2017. Joe serves as a consultant for all hockey operations at Protec as well as running several training programs and summer camps every year.