New director of hockey

Former NHL player Eric Perrin has been named director of hockey for Daytona Ice Arena.

He will oversee the Swamp Rabbits youth programs as well as adult leagues and programs.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Mr. Perrin has won many individual awards and was a part of successful teams that won the NHL Stanley Cup (Tampa Bay Lightning) and the European Cup (JYP/Finland).

After retirement last year, Eric, his wife Karen, and their hockey-loving children, discovered a love of the beach and have now settled in Daytona Beach.

Speed Weeks Roundup

Technical Sgt. Nalani Quintello, an acclaimed vocalist with Max Impact, the U.S. Air Force Band, will perform the national anthem prior to the 62nd annual Daytona 500 Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway.

Erik Jones won the longest Busch Clash at Daytona in the 42-year history of the race. Mr. Jones’ No. 20 Sport Clips Toyota was beaten and battered, its hood flapping in the wind during a tension-filled 88th and final lap Sunday, Feb. 9.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. debuted with a new team Sunday in Daytona 500 Qualifying, winning the pole position. Mr. Stenhouse, who left Roush Fenway Racing after the 2019 season for JTG Daughtery Racing, posted a fast lap of 194.582 mph in the single-car session.

Michael Self edged 18-year-old Hailie Deegan by 0.125 seconds to win the Lucas Oil 200 Saturday, Feb. 8, at DIS.

Fishing seminar

The Halifax Sport Fishing Club’s Thursday, Feb 20, seminar will feature two guest speakers.

The first speaker will be BeBe Dalton Harrison of South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. She is on the MyFishCount team and will show the species of fish logged into it and why it’s important to log your fish.

The second speaker will be Chad Macfie, a biologist at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet. Mr. Macfie will discuss Mosquito Lagoon’s conservation efforts.

A brief business meeting will be at 7 p.m. and the seminar at 7:30 p.m. at 3431 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.

All seminars are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (386) 589-6468 or email

2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame

Five of NASCAR’s legendary competitors – three drivers, an owner and an engine builder/crew chief – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., during the induction ceremony Jan. 31.

Buddy Baker, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Waddell Wilson comprise the 11th Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, now home to 55 inductees.

Symetra tour set for 2020

The Daytona Beach-based Symetra Tour has released a preliminary “Road to the LPGA” 2020 schedule, featuring 20 tournaments and $3.6 million in total purses with an average purse size of $180,000, the highest mark in the 40-year history of the Tour.

More than 300 players from at least 40 different countries hold Symetra Tour membership in 2020.

The season ends Oct. 1-4 with the Symetra Tour Championship at the LPGA International Jones Course in Daytona Beachy. The purse will be $250,000.

For a complete schedule, visit

Programs for youth registering in DeBary

The City of DeBary has opened registration for its youth activities, with programs designed to appeal to various age groups and abilities.

Through the city’s programs, about 380 of the region’s youth participate annually in athletic and team building activities.

Registration is open for Youth Cheerleading with opportunities for girls ages 6 to 14. Activities include tumbling, stunts, dances, and sideline cheers, while building team spirit.

The city’s flag football league is available for boys and girls ages 6 to 14, and is divided by age across three divisions. After a skills assessment, youth will participate in one to two practices weekly, and compete in eight games either Friday nights or Saturday mornings, beginning March 6.

For the 3 to 5 year old age group, the city hosts a Cheerleading Clinic and Youth Flag Football program. These clinics run for six weeks, with parent participation required.

For registration, visit or call (386) 668-2040, option 4.

Deltona youth flag football

Deltona Parks & Recreation is now registering girls and boys ages 5 to 12 for an eight-game flag football season at Wes Crile Park.

Practices will be Tuesday evenings with games on Saturdays. The cost is $50 to play and includes a jersey. Flags and footballs will be provided. Registration deadline is 5 p.m., March 13, either online at or in the Wes Crile Gymnasium at 1537 Norbert Terrace.

There will be a skills combine March 28 and the first games are April 11.

For more information, email Sebastian Singletary, or call (386) 878-8940.

Daytona Beach baseball & T-ball registration open

Registration is underway for co-ed youth baseball and T-ball leagues through Feb. 21.

Sponsored in part by the Daytona Tortugas and the Daytona Beach Police Department, the leagues are open to youth ages 4 to 12.

The T-ball season is from March 23 to April 23, and the baseball season is from March 23 to May 9. The cost is $40 per person and includes a team uniform and hat. Children are required to have their own glove and cleats.

The program welcomes all skill levels and focuses on baseball fundamentals. Parents must sign a waiver for each participating child.

There will be a meeting for T-ball parents at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Derbyshire Sports Complex, 849 Derbyshire Road. There will be a meeting for baseball participants at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Bethune Point Park, 11 Bellevue Ave.

Free T-ball and baseball clinics will be from 6 to 8 p.m. nightly, Monday, Feb. 17, to Friday, Feb. 28, at Bethune Point Park.

For more information, call (386) 671-8337. To register online, visit

Play shuffleboard

The Ormond Beach Shuffleboard Club meets at 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (weather permitting) at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex at 700 Hull Road.

Shuffleboard courts are near the playground area. Membership with unlimited access to courts is $15 per year.

For more information, call (386) 999-0420 or (518) 817-2173.

Band on the Run 5K

The fifth annual Band on the Run 5K will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

The 3.1 mile run starts and ends at the City Gym in New Smyrna Beach, 1000 Live Oak St. Awards and raffles presented immediately after.

All proceeds support the award-winning New Smyrna Beach High School Music programs.

Entry fee is $25 until Feb. 15 or $30 Feb. 16 until day of race. Student rate is $15. Online registration closes Feb. 19. Register at and search Band on the Run 5K.

For more information, call Rodney Bookhardt at (386) 847- 7871.

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