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Ice in Paradise show rescheduled to honor skaters killed in the Montecito mudslides

Ice in Paradise holiday show to be...

GOLETA, Calif. - Two of the 23 Montecito mudslide victims were part of the Ice in Paradise family.

One of them was supposed to perform in the holiday ice show on Dec.16.

But the nonprofit ice rink in Goleta canceled the show during the Thomas Fire.

The executive producers decided to hold the show on Saturday, February 10, to celebrate the lives of Dr. Mark T. Montgomery and Peerawat "Pasta" Sutthithepa.

Ice in Paradise General Manager Larry Bruyere said, "Mark Montgomery was a very positive person, he joined our skating school as an adult and once he felt comfortable enough he joined our hockey league with a team called the Aces and in fact Mark and the Aces were here the night of the storm playing their final game and they left after midnight to go home."

The orthopedic surgeon died in the slide with his daughter Caroline on January 9. 

Hockey uniform patches with his # 2 jersey number will be worn by players this season and next.

Six-year-old "Pasta" had been practicing to be in the ice show's Polar Express routine.

They chose the Polar Express because of his love of trains.

The ice show's executive director Alison DeLorenzo Juricek said there will be a spotlight on the ice in his memory.

She has two kids in the show. "We wish everyone in the community will come out to support these skaters and their families," said Juricek.

The original show was supposed to star Nathan Chen who is about to compete in the Olympics.

He sent a video message that will be shown to the ice show audience. 

"I am so sorry I won't be able to make your show however I would like to wish you guys all the very best and I hope to join you guys someday soon," said Chen.

Other champions will take the ice with members of the figure skating club.
and first responders will be special guests.

"Holidays Around the World; Olympic Style" will have two shows on Saturday at noon and 5 p.m.

First responders will be treated as special guests.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Visit http://iceinparadise.org for more information.


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