Welcome To The Gardens

Clai Carr
Founder and President
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One of the founders of the Ice House, Clai, was raised in New England and learned to skate on the neighborhood pond in Pound Ridge, New York. Played hockey at Kent School, Kent, CT, Upper Canada College (Toronto, Ontario) and Middlebury College in Vermont. Clai raised three sons all whom have played or continue to play hockey.  President of the Howard Huskies in mid-80s for two years and co-founded The Tri- City Eagles in 1993 and co-founded Team Maryland in 2006.  Professionally, he was an active real estate developer. 

The Gardens Ice House in Laurel is the largest skating and hockey facility in the DC/Maryland area.  Located in the Fairland Regional Park near Laurel, Maryland, two miles from Interstate 95, The Gardens Ice House a 150,000 sq/ft skating facility in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are open every day of the year. Some of the highlights include: 1 seasonal outdoor rink, 1 olympic sized rink and 2 NHL Regulation sized rinks, one with an 1800 people capacity.

Start your journey on the ice here at the Gardens Ice House

Billy Carr, CRA
General Manager and Vice President

Marketing Director Since 2010. Worked on the team that helped build The Gardens Ice House in 1996.  Lived in NYC for 10 years while working in the NYC public school system as a social worker.  Lives in Laurel with his two children.

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Worked for The Gardens Ice House since 1996 and prior to that for 16 years at Rouse & Associates with a background in accounting.  Lives in Baldwin, MD - married for 39 years and has four grown children and one grandson.

Jon Tippets,CIRM
Manager of Operations

Started working part time at The Gardens Ice House while in high school.  After graduating from the University of Maryland, worked for the Washington Capitals for 3 years, then returned to TGIH full time.  When not at TGIH Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

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Tom hendrix
General Manager and Co-Founder- Retired

Graduate of Bowling Green College.  Business partner and general manager of The Gardens Ice House since it opened in 1996.  Lives in Columbia, MD. Congratulations on your retirement, Tom!

Nikki goldschmitt
Front Desk Administration
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Nikki has been with the Gardens Ice


House since January of 1999. Nikki has

a Bachelors’ of Science Degree

from Towson University where she


majored in Sports Management. She


also has a minor in Business


Administration as well as Art.


IRENE Hudson
Front Desk Administration

Started working full time at The Gardens Ice House in April 2005. Irene is the Administrative Manager/Learn to Play Hockey Administrator. Enjoys spending time with her two sons when not at work. Her favorite Washington Capitals player is Braden Holtby.

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Kimberly Martin
Marketing & Communications Director
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Kim started working at The Gardens Ice House part-time in 2013 while attending George Mason University.  After graduation, she taught Spanish before returning to TGIH full time in 2020.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.

Greg Maddalone

Skating Director

While overseeing our Learn to Skate program Greg has rejuvenated and transformed it into one of the premier Learn to Skate programs in the area. 


Come see why Greg and our Learn to Skate coaches are making skating at The Gardens Ice House the highlight of their day.

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STEVE mcabee
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Steve is a lifelong Redskins fan.  He has worked at The Gardens Ice House for 8 years. Started off as a scorekeeper and has worked his way up to supervisor.  He lives in Laurel.

Fabian carrillo
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Fabian began working as a GSA at The Gardens Ice House over 13 years ago. Lives locally with his wife and two kids.  Enjoys driving the Zamboni and his frequent interactions with all the customers at The Gardens Ice House.

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