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.


Saturday, November 19, 2022

Lights are ON...

I went down and programmed the lights 4:30-11:30 pm. If anyone is there tonight let me know if the lights DID NOT come on. 

Perfect day for a skate. Photos taken around 2 pm Saturday afternoon Nov 19th.

I order new hockey netting for both frames, this is not going to work anymore.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Day 10...

Ten Days and we can say we are off to the "rink races".  We had to kick of a group of hockey skaters tonight that braved the uneven sheet.

Kris, Bill, Dave, Peter, John and Kurt chipped away the upper ice before laying down two coats on each.

Upper = 13 coats

Lower = 15 coats

-10ºC but felt like -19ºC.

Dave brought down his blower to blast of the ice dust from chopping the ridges. (Ghost Busters)
Kurt started a fire with one match, and some petroleum product.
First coat on the lower ice as we listen to the Calgary Flames lose to Tampa Bay.
Warming up before hydrating.

Looks like warm weekend and Monday ahead. The skaters and Sunshine should help to level the sheets this weekend so let's take a break and regroup next week.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Nine Straight Nights...

 Total Coats after nine days of Flooding;

Upper = 11 coats

Lower = 13 coats

Looking really good. And I'm not talking about us iceguys, but the ice.

Kris, Bill, Peter and Kurt put two coats on each tonight.

Light medium coat on the lower Bill Kris and Peter down there.

Wind was making things a bit cold so Kurt was able to start a fire with just two matches in Craig's absence tonight.

Looking good. The Ice that is!

Weather looks warm over the weekend so lets do some maintenance tomorrow night Thursday at 7 PM
Bring a broom and a scraper and we can chip off the lumpy bits.

Then we can take a weekend off starting Friday night  Monday look warm too 0º C overnight.

Go Flames Go tomorrow and I will bring down Radio.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Ice, Ice, Baby...

 We did a little maintenance to the ice tonight by scraping and chipping the high spots.

Upper = 9 coats

Lower = 10 coats

Bill, Kris, Dave, Jeff, and Kurt put down two coats on each tonight. Weather is look bad for us fellas. Tomorrow night and Thursday is a GO for 7 pm, but Friday and the weekend looks to be too warm to flood. Overnight temps -3 and -1 on the weekend. Lets take some time off this weekend.

Fellow Rosemontonian, and his three kids out for a skate before we flooded. He has a one year old at home as well so, I didn't want suggest joining the iceguys for obvious reasons.
Ice Archeology tonight. There was a truck here previously. (chipping the high spots off)
Dave shown here assuming the "City of Calgary position" taking a break from the chipping.
First coat on the lower ice with nozzle blasting off the loose bits.

Kurt on the wet end while hydrating.

Assuming the iceguys position between coats.

Let's go again Tomorrow, Wednesday.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Monday, November 14, 2022

One Week of Flooding...

 Day seven and the ice is looking good.

Upper = 7 coats

Lower = 8 coats

Craig, Kris, Bill and Kurt worked on both rinks and put down two coats on each. 

Listening to another Calgary Flames WIN.

The gang letting the H2O harden between coats.

Tuesday night tomorrow, let's keep it going and get it ready for the weekend. 

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Sunday, November 13, 2022

Skate-able Six....

 Six days in and it is Skate-able. Might be a record, I will have to go back on the Blog.

Upper = 5

Lower = 6

Kris, Craig and Kurt put down a generous layer, weather permitted, tonight. Took about an hour.

Graham and Mike showed up from the Banff Trail rinks. They are having some issues with their set up  and wanted to check out our ice. We gave them the tour of the hose room and reel. Chatted about how we pack then flood and our processes, etc. 

Skate-able. {mic drop}

Kris on the wet end for the first time this season. He hasn't lost his touch. Craig keeping an eye on him.

Lower is looking fine.

Let's keep up the good work guys and go again tomorrow night at 7 PM.

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Saturday, November 12, 2022

Fifth Day of Flooding...

Well Done ALL!

Good team this week getting the H2O on the rinks.

Upper =4 coats


Warm tonight -3ºC colder overnight

Bill, Andy and Kurt put down a "nozzle off"  medium coat due to the warm temperatures.

Go Flames Go.

Andy on the wet end, Bill taken up the slack on the lower.
Bill on the wet end with a smile.

Sunday night at 7 PM? Let's keep it going....

Keeping the hose on the ice,


4 Days In...

Well, we are getting there. Day 4 with Peter, Bill, Dave, Chris and Adrian. Well done lads. 

Upper = 3 coats

Lower = 4 coats

 I asked Adrian to take some photos in my absence last night!

Let's go again tonight, say earlier if we can 6 pm. Game is at 8 pm tonight.

Every coat helps,

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Thursday, November 10, 2022

Third Flood Night

 Nozzle is still off.


Upper = 2

Lower = 3

Peter and Bill came down on time to see we had a good group showing up, so they left and will be there tomorrow night at 7PM. Need some others to help if you can.

Tonight's squad; Dave, Chris, Jeff, Willem, Kurt and a special "Cameo Appearance" from Daniel.

Dan, on the lead wet end of the hose. Giving the thumbs up on the progress so far. 
Willem on the hose keeping his balance.

Three coats on the lower ice setting up nicely.
Dave is finishing off the lower last section.

Let's shoot for 7 pm tomorrow night. 

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Second Night

Another cold night and another coat. We were able to put down the FIRST upper ice layer and a SECOND coat on the lower tonight.

Craig, Bill, Andy and Kurt for the second night.

Temp -20ºC

Upper = 1

Lower = 2

Let plan to go again tomorrow night at 7 pm. 

Second coat on the lower.
Bill on the lead laying it down.

Craig picking up the lack.
Crystals on the lower ice before flooding.

Keeping the hose on the ice,