Canal District power play: Rucker partners in rink plans at PresMet site

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Cliff Rucker, owner of the Worcester Railers ECHL hockey team, who also plans to purchase property and open a sports bar across the street from the Railers’ DCU Center home, said this week he will partner with Marathon Sports Group and Worcester Business Development Corp. to build a multipurpose ice rink facility at the former PresMet Corp. site in the Canal District.

“We are a 50 percent owner of the rinks at this point,” Rucker told the Sun Monday, April 11.

An artist's rendering of New Garden Rink in the Canal District

Courtesy Marathon Sports Group

An artist’s rendering of New Garden Rink in the Canal District

A WBDC management source with knowledge of the deal confirmed Rucker’s involvement this week. President & CEO Craig Blais did not respond to repeated attempts for comment Monday and Tuesday.

“Assuming that we get the approvals, we’re building a rink,” Rucker said.

Also from Patrick Sargent on Cliff Rucker: Local Business Spotlight: Rucker really buying in with Commercial Street bar purchase

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