THE BRONX - Excitement over the New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn has renewed interest in an ice rink in The Bronx.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is getting behind a proposal to bring an ice arena to the Kingsbridge Armory. If passed, nine rinks and a 5,000-seat arena would be created at the empty armory.

Diaz says a rink would bring living-wage jobs to the area, give inner-city kids a chance to play hockey and ice skate, and even give the Islanders a place to practice.

The future of the Kingsbridge Armory has been a hotly debated topic. Another option on the table is a sports and media complex, which developers say would be a bigger draw to tourists.

The city's Economic Development Corporation is expected to choose a proposal by the end of the year.

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