Playing by the light of a few streetlamps and many truck headlights, they barely let the ice-resurfacer finish before jumping on.
“It’s nice to see,” said Jamie Smith, a parent of two of the players on the ice. “This is the kind of hockey I grew up with. These are the guys who really want to be out there just playing for the sake of it. It’s just good, old-time, fun”
Since the municipal workers’ strike began two weeks ago, all activities at the Don Stewart Recreation Centre have ground to a halt, including minor hockey. While this was not an officially organized event by any means, many young hockey players were clearly itching to get back on the ice.
“It’s a good thing for hockey,” said player Riis Schaub. “And it’s good to get in some ice-time.”
His teammates Kenneth O’Connor and Nick Buth agreed, adding that they were happy to be out playing an informal game with guys from several levels, including a few returning former-Midgets who joined in the fun for the evening.
“It’s just good to be back out on the ice,” said Buth.
Smith said he appreciated the work of the volunteers who cleared and flooded the rink for the evening and said he looked forward to seeing it happen again.
“It’s great to see them out like this, just having fun,” he said. “They love their ice-time, and they haven’t had any for a week now. It’s good that they’re able to get out.”