Monday, January 31, 2022

Ready for Shinny. Shinny is Cancelled!

Upper = 36 coats

Lower = 37 coats


Big thanks to Chris, Bill, Craig, Peter, and Kurt for laying down 3 COATS on each. Seems like it's been a week of just ONE coat a night due to the warm climate this past week. Barely freezing at night.

Now, a we are getting winter back. Great for the ice, but not for shinny unfortunately. Tuesday, tomorrow, will get to -16ºC, but the wind chill @ -26ºC. Too bad cause the ice looks great. 
Then, the following week is plus+ temperatures again and sun is high in the sky. 

First coat to fill in the cracks.

Parking lot run-off actually levelled out pretty good.
Very focused team tonight, from left to right (cause they are so layered up);

Chris, Craig, Bill, and Peter laying down the first coat on the lower.

Lets go Thursday night at 8 PM and get it ready for the WARM weekend.

Keeping the hose on the ice,



Thursday, January 27, 2022

Ready for the Weekend...

 Great turnout tonight, Adrian, Jamie, Kris, Peter, Chris, Andrew P., Craig, Bill, and Kurt helped to clear the leaves and sticks by scraping the fairly good ice after the hot days with sun.

Total Coats (-3º C if we are lucky)

Upper = 33coats

Lower = 34 coats

Monday, January 24, 2022

Fairweather IceGuys...

We figured we'd have a better turnout tonight with such warm weather. The Skeleton Crew tonight;

Craig, Chris, Peter, Andy and Kurt cleared the rinks with the poly shovels with metal edges. We used these shovels in oder to scrape the ice as clean as we could before laying down ONE medium coat. Overnight temperatures are just -7ºC.

Shinny will be good tomorrow. 

Total Coats (-7º C if we are lucky)

Upper = 32 coats

Lower = 33 coats


First flood in a week.
Kids had fun making an island.

11 am this morning.
Melting run off from the parking lot on Sunday.

Let's plan on Thursday night at 8 PM.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Thursday, January 20, 2022

We Made the Newspaper...


Our hard work is not unnoticed.  This weekend will be busy, let's plan to clean and see what the weather is like tonight at 8 pm.

Way to go everyone.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

It Was Cold Enough...

 Craig, Peter, Andrew P., Kris, Chris, Bill, John,  and Kurt cleaned and flooded tonight, by laying down 3 coats on each ice.

Total Coats (-17ºC felt like -24ºC)

Upper = 31 coats

Lower = 32 coats

Closer look at the condition of the ice today before shinny.
We were lucky that it froze last night before the wind.
You find all kinds of things on the ice.
We need better shovels to clean with.

The metal shovels are leaving ridges on the ice that are hard to level when flooding.

Finished coat is a beautiful thing.

This was in a bookstore:
Big topic tonight around the fire was how much we are tired of Covid Talk and when are we getting back to normal. (As are most people in the world).

We will continue to keep an eye on the weather but shoot for Monday if we can GO Thursday.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Correction! Today was the Warmest Day of the Year...

 No coats tonight due to the Global Warming.

But big thanks to the GANG that came out tonight. 

Daniel (cameo appearance), Bill, Peter, Kris, Craig, Jamie,  and Kurt cleaned up the surface ready to take a BIG beating on the weekend with +temperatures Saturday and Sunday.

Photo taken this morning around 11 am from the main hall.
The iceguys working on the strategy for Monday night.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Monday, January 10, 2022

Warmest Day of The Year...

 Posted 3 days ago... -23ºC on Thursday. Tonight plus 3ºC.

So we, Bill, Peter, John, Andrew P., Craig, Chris, Kris, and Kurt did a good clean and scrape for the shinny tomorrow night. Too warm to flood unfortunately. 

John pointed out on Thursday last week that the goalies runners are all busted up. So, Kurt made some new and improved ones with puck board laminated to the bottom. John and Kurt installed tonight. Should be good for years to come.

Not too busy tonight considering the weather is so warm. A skater that we talked to, his name was Marcus, comment how nice our ice is. We told him we make it by hand and he said, "Outdoor rinks with Zambonis aren't as nice"! Great to hear that our hard work is noticed by skaters that appreciate it.

The crew hydrating after a scrape.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Friday, January 07, 2022

Many Hands Made Light Work...

 We attacked the ice tonight with all we could throw at it.

Total Coats. (-23ºC)

Upper = 31 coats

Lower = 32 coats

Thanks to Bill, Craig, Peter, Chris, John, Andrew P., and Kurt for layering up and clearing the snow and flooding.  The condition of the ice took a beating since we haven't flooding for three weeks.

Both rinks were very thirsty for the H2O. Well done everyone. The weather is getting more bearable this weekend so this flooding is going to be perfect. 

Let's go again on Monday night at 8 pm.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Monday, January 03, 2022

First night back on the ice in 2022...

 Well, it's great to get the gang back on the ice after the holiday break, BUT wow, what a cold night!

Thanks to Bill, Peter, Craig, Chris, Andrew P., and Kurt for getting out there and getting it done. A wee bit cold to flood tonight at -24ºC without the wind, so we did a good blow and scrape to keep the rink from getting any smaller. Cut back the banks and as you can see in the photo, we are good to go.

Kurt took this shot at 11 am this morning at -20ºC. People still love to strap on the blades.

Nice and clean tonight ready for the week of sub zero temperatures.

Let's plan to flood Thursday night at 8 PM.

See you all then,
Keeping the hose on the ice,

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Happy New Year!...

Happy New Year Guys!! 

Hope you had a chance to recharge and relax. Kris and I are out of isolation and Peter should be 100% soon. 

Looks like the weather is getting warmer, which means our ice will get some more use. Let's start the New Year by doing a scrape and and a flood Monday night at 8 PM (regular schedule). Shinny starts the following Tuesday and we can get it into great shape next week. 

See you Monday for some New Years Cheer!

Keeping the hose on the ice,