The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues held a contest this year to see who could open their outdoor rink the fastest, and Lorelei Beaumaris won the bragging rights.
Their northside community president, Sonya Harriott, says their “rink guy” Duncan had been out flooding their grass and concrete rinks for the past two weeks; even before they heard about the contest which they won last Thursday.
“Our rink guy’s been working at our rink for three years. He lives and breathes hockey and skating, so he’s our rink guy all year. So he works full-time and then after he finishes work full-time he goes up to the rink. He spends every night there until all hours of the morning.”
Harriott says besides the bragging rights, their community also gets to display a trophy and enjoy a skating party in the New Year; adding it’s all about the kids both large and small.
“The family rink is busy and, at the same time, the hockey guys come out and they’re playing hardcore on the hockey ice. And then we’ve got kids that are from the family ice peering over the side boards so that they can see the guys playing hockey and they’re just like watching them in awe.” (td)