January 10, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Game could move

Sunday Morning Road Hockey may be on the move.

roadhockey.net has learned the weekly game may relocate from its traditional home at the concrete courts if thereís not a significant thaw by Sunday. Current weather forecasts indicate thatís unlikely as temperatures have dipped back below freezing and more snow is expected on Saturday before it turns to rain.

That wonít be enough, as the courts are still largely buried under more than a foot of compacted snow, slush and ice, the legacy of more than a month of wintry weather.
While the roadsters did manage to heroically clear about a third of their court last Sunday, it was only enough space to stage a penalty shot competition.

The roadsters are starving for a real game, said fellow founding father Living Legend. ďItís been five weeks since anybody shot the evil orange plastic ball in anger or the Colonel ran anyone into the fence. Thatís too long.Ē

So, a contingency plan is being formulated that could see the game shifted to a new locale until rain washes away the snow. It would be only the second time in more than 20 years at the concrete courts that a game will be played elsewhere.

One week, in the mid-1990s, a game was moved to an underground parkade during a similar freeze-up. In 2011, the roadsters also opened their season on the road, literally; they played the Wink Classic on the street in front of the fellow founding fatherís home as he recuperated from extended health issues.

While the roadsters talked casually about the possibility of officially starting the seasonís second half at a new venue as they chopped and shovelled last Sunday, plans are being solidified to make the move a reality if the cold weather doesnít abate in time.

Stay tuned to roadhockey.net, or the leagueís social media channels for further details.

Posted by jaysuburb at January 10, 2017 08:11 PM

Schoolhouse and brunette one way too small and an ice rink right now. so Vancouver E13th or Richmond.

Posted by: Nouvelle at January 14, 2017 06:41 PM

We need a decision soon commish! Waitng until the morning is going to be too late for everyone to show!

Posted by: lakattack at January 14, 2017 05:25 PM

Another outdoor rink at Schoolhouse and Brunette in Coquitlam. Will check the snow level there later but should be pretty good.

Anybody else?

Posted by: Nouvelle at January 14, 2017 04:15 PM

Maybe Richmond at Donald E. McKay Elementary school? 7360 Lombard Rd, Richmond, BC V7C 3N1

Posted by: Nouvelle at January 14, 2017 04:06 PM

There is a good ball hockey rink at East 13th ave and St George St. in vancouver that has no snow

Posted by: Nouvelle at January 14, 2017 03:46 PM