Thursday, December 29, 2022

Last Flood of the Year!

Upper = 30 Coats

Lower = 32 Coats


Great crew out tonight Bill, Peter, Craig, Jamie, Jeff,  Andrew P., and Kurt.

Three coats on each after a busy Christmas weekend. Sadly a new shovel has gone missing :( hopefully it is covered in snow and we can find it in the Spring.

Kurt finishing off the lower.
Andrew Starting the upper first coat.
Bill is the man. LOOK at his hose gathering layout. Textbook Bill.
Peter on the wet end, adjusting the flow for the lower.
The crew discussing ways to burn off all the calories consumed over the holidays.
It's a beautiful sight.

Happy New Year everyone!

Keeping the hose on the ice,



Friday, December 23, 2022

Merry Christmas!

 Yesterday, we rallied up a group to finally clear the snow off. Temperatures have been crazy cold. 

Thanks to ALL of the volunteers that have worked so hard over the past months to truly build the best outdoor ice in the City. We are ready for a break. Enjoy the holidays. 

Jeff on the new Blower
Dave and John scraping
Three blowers going like a military exercise.
Fuel for both machine and man.
Well done, and in record time. Both rinks done in about one hour. 

We were hoping the snow was going to stay away for a while.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Monday, December 19, 2022

Cancelled Tonight's Scrape Due to Cold Weather...

 You would want to be a "brass monkey" tonight!

Temperature -31ºC, minus 41 with windchill.

Let's keep an eye on weather this week. Looks cold all week.

Kurt went down to gather up the shovels left around the rinks. No one in parking lot. Way to cold to skate. Stay warm fellas!

Keeping the shovels off the ice,



The phrase;  "It's so cold that it will freeze the balls off a brass monkey". 

Refers to the ships at sea that shot canon balls (Like a pirate ship), they would pile the balls on the decks in a pyramid shape. The balls would be held by a brass triangle plate screwed to the deck. Plate was called a monkey. Problem was, in the cold, the brass monkey would shrink and the balls would fall off. 

Hense, freeze the balls off a brass monkey!

A bit of cold weather trivia you can share around the watering hole.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Annual Flood Fest 2022...

 Wow! What a great event at the rinks for the IceGuys Annual Flood Fest!

Upper = 27 coats

Lower = 29 coats  (5 coats during FF)

We started flooding the upper ice around 8:15 pm letting the kids have fun on the lower rink. Weather was perfect for the Under 9 year old girls hockey team. Chris and Jill organized the event.

Under 9 yrs old girls hockey team having fun on the ice.

Jill on the right, surprised us iceguys with a basket of cleaning Ales on behalf of the girls team. Thanks!
Sausages on the BBQ.
There was a perfectly good fire 50 ft away, yet the iceguys gathered around the empty pit.
Adrian's father visiting from the U.K. is a natural on the wet end.

Adrian showing off in front of his dad.
Warming up by the fire/inferno.

Team was organized and sharing stories on the hose.
Storm caught us starting the final coat on the lower. West end might be bumpy.

Thanks to everyone for keeping the Rosemont ice the best in the City!

Looks like Sunday we may have some clearing to do.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Monday, December 12, 2022

Looking Great Down There...

 "It's looking great down there", said the gym teacher Mr. Sylvan from the french emersion school.  Sylvan takes his foreign exchange students down to learn how to skate.

Busting it out tonight, and putting two coats on each was; Bill, Peter, Kris, Austin, Jamie and Kurt.

Upper =22 coats

Lower = 24 coats

minus 16ºC

Ice is in great shape.
Kurt is on the wet end...

Perfect temperature for flooding tonight.
Kris and Jamie draining the hose.
Kris is getting a workout on is last night of flooding for the year. Going in for a new knee tomorrow AM.  Make sure the doctor knows is the right knee. Literally, THE RIGHT knee. Right side.
Austin in his second cameo appearance!
Jamie wondering how many coats we can lay down this Friday at Flood Fest.

See you Friday Night.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Thursday, December 08, 2022

Busy Ice....

 We got down there tonight about 10 minutes before 8 pm and it was packed with skaters.

Once we informed them that we will be flooding tonight they left. Turning off the lights helped too.

Upper = 20 coats

Lower = 22 coats.

light coat then Medium.
Andrew Ginter on the wet end tonight.
Peter, Craig, Andrew G. and Andrew P.

Two coats on each ready for the weekend.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Braved the Cold...

The gang got out in the Cold yesterday...

A blow of the snow, and a flood with two coats.

 Kris is leading with the new blower. Working at -30ºC.

Kurt purchased some netting to repair the chainlink that had some big holes in it. 

Let's go tomorrow night at 8 PM. NOTE 8 PM.

Keeping the hose and nets on the ice,


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Nets Are Out...

 Kurt put the nets out for the little players on the upper ice.

December 16th is a GO! for our annual Flood Fest.

Please RSVP by Dec. 10th

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Monday, November 28, 2022

Winter is Back this week...

 Cooler weather is perfect for us.

Three coats tonight by a big team of iceguys.

Dan, Austin both made cameo appearances tonight, along with Craig, Peter, Chris, Adrian, Jamie, Andrew P., and Kurt.

Upper = 16 coats

Lower = 18 coats

Temp. -15ºC

Must mention a big thanks!!! to Bill and Andrew G. for coming down this afternoon and clearing off the upper and lower for us. Andrew started the Whoopie Doodles on the upper.

Peter warming up by the fire,
The whole mob around the fire. 
Andrew G. made the partition wall for smaller hockey people.
Austin still has the GAME on the wet end.

Looking for a show of hand for December 16th a Friday night for the annual Flood Fest.
Let me know if you can make it. As usual bring the family. 

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

New Shovels...

I picked up some new steel shovels and had them modified for us by adding a thicker steel edge and reinforced with spot tack welds.