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Zamora joins RP Lumber Center as rink facility superintendent 

The City of Edwardsville’s new ice and recreational complex, The RP Lumber Center, formally announced the recent addition of Phil Zamora as its new rink facility superintendent.

The RP Lumber Center is still on schedule to be built by May or June of 2022, located adjacent to Edwardsville Senior High School off of Governors’ Parkway at 6289 Tiger Drive.

Zamora brings with him extensive rink management experience, relocating to the area in 2018 from California’s home ice for the Anaheim Ducks, The Rinks at Lakewood. He began his career working for the organization as a teenager selling merchandise, moving up to a management role over the course of 21 years at the rink. Zamora’s hands-on experience as a frontline worker to manager makes him a key addition to the RPL team. He even drove the Zamboni for the Ducks’ home games.

Zamora decided to relocate to the St. Louis area in 2018 after being offered a position at the Webster Groves Ice Rink so that he could be closer to family. After the move, he continued to monitor the progress of the proposed rink in Edwardsville, setting up Google alerts in his email so that he would be notified of its status.

“My family and I knew we wanted to move to the area, and when I heard about the probable ice rink being built years ago, I was very interested in being a part of it,” said Zamora. “To be part of something this big in the Edwardsville community is awesome.”

Today, he lives in Glen Carbon with his wife, Carissa, and their three children Patrick, Sophie and Zachary.

Zamora will be part of the development and overall management of the rink and its amenities, from day-to-day operations to planning for the future.

“With this rink, we will be able to introduce hockey and figure skating to people who may have never had a chance to experience either sport, offering public skating sessions, learn to skate programs and more,” Zamora said. “The RP Lumber Center has so much to offer. Visitors don’t have to even play hockey or know how to skate to enjoy the facility, and this makes it a very exciting addition to our community and its recreational options.”

If you are interested in learning more about The RP Lumber Center or becoming a sponsor, contact The City of Edwardsville Parks and Recreation office at (618) 692-7538 or visit the website at www.BuildtheCenter.com. Phil Zamora can also be reached at (618) 307-1707 for facility rental and/or programming questions. E-mail inquiries can also be made to Thecenter@thecityofedwardsville.com.

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