December 11, 2016

Slushed away

The Living Legend may have been overly optimistic.

The fellow founding father was the only roadster to show up at the slushed-in hockey courts Sunday morning, hopeful the game would go on after a vigorous shovelling brigade. It didn’t happen.

Two snowstorms and a week of cold weather had deposited about four inches of snow and ice on the concrete courts. On Friday, the prospects for a game looked bleak.

But when rain rolled in and temperatures warmed, the Legend said he was confident the game could be played. He put a call out for roadsters to report with shovels.

“It would have take us about an hour to get the court in playing shape,” he said. “We’ve done it before.”

Indeed, the roadsters have a storied tradition of digging their way out of adverse conditions to ensure the weekly game could go on. They’re undaunted by torrential rain, bitter cold, snow and ice.

But as conditions improved in the neighbourhood around the hockey courts, the effects of the week’s weather lingered further afield. That may have kept many of the roadsters from committing to a long and treacherous commute. Had they ventured out, they would have encountered trouble parking near the courts, as surrounding streets were still awash with thick and slippery slush.

“We probably would have ended up having to push a few guys out,” said the Legend, who erred on the side of caution by parking along a major thoroughfare that had been properly plowed and salted.

Sunday’s snow-out may reverberate into the new year.

With sub-zero temperatures forecast for the balance of the coming week, the four inches of undisturbed slush and snow on the courts could freeze into a solid block of ice. If that happens, and prevents next week’s game from being played as well, the next time the roadsters convene would be for the Shrimp Ring Bowl on Jan. 8. The league will be dark Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

“That would make it one month without road hockey,” said the Legend. “I don’t think we’ve ever lost an entire month of a season.”

Posted by jaysuburb at December 11, 2016 12:11 PM

Way to lead by example Legend!
See you in January!

Posted by: The Colonel at December 11, 2016 08:09 PM