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In memoriam: Longtime BIG Manager Denny May

For Denny May, managing the Bloomington Ice Garden was more than a job. It was a calling—one that he enjoyed for more than three decades. In December 2019, May passed away. 

May started working at BIG in 1970, a month before the rink opened. Through his time there he would build the rink’s reputation and countless strong relationships with the people who frequented the rink for hockey and figure skating as well as other BIG employees. He is remembered for his passion for hockey, his positive attitude and his smile. 

Current BIG Manager Bob Carr and Andy Baltgalvis, who served as manager after May’s retirement before Carr took over, have many fond memories of their time spent working with May for more than 30 years. 

“We were such a close-knit group. We really miss having Denny around. It’s unbelievable that he’s gone,” Carr said.