January 22, 2017

New facility fails to lure lazy roadsters

Not even the novelty of a new home court was enough to fire the roadsters up for the second half of the season.

Only five players reported Sunday to the converted basketball court that was one of the few outdoor facilities completely clear of the snow and ice that has kept the road hockey season frozen for the past seven weeks. A week of warmer temperatures and heavy rain diminished the glacial sheet a bit, but the roadsters may be banished from their traditional home court for another week or two until the tundra has melted entirely.

In fact, conditions are so bad at the road hockey courts, they’ve been secured by bright yellow caution tape.

Colonel said the unfamiliarity of the new venue may have tempered the ardour of some of the roadsters to get their game in gear after the extended layoff.

“I think people like what’s normal and comfortable for them,” said the veteran centreman. “I’d say our guys aren’t super good at being outside their comfort zone.”

Nouvelle Guy, who supplied the nets that converted the basketball court to a hockey venue, said he was discouraged by the ambivalence of his fellow roadsters.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” said the versatile veteran. “I expected there would be more people out here, but it is what it is.”

The new facility presented some challenges. While it’s mostly enclosed, the surrounding fence is much lower, allowing more balls to escape play. And the fencing doesn’t quite reach the ground so low rollers had a tendency to slip beyond the game.

But, said the Colonel, it was a more than adequate alternative.

“It’s a nice clear court,” said the feisty forward. “The surface is smooth. It’s a lot of fun running around here today.”

That exercise was a major motivator for Nouvelle Guy.

“It’s been really tough,” said the power forward. “I’ve been wanting to get out on the court. It’s one of the things I love to do.”

The mid-season break that has now stretched to seven weeks for some roadsters is unprecedented. And that could have serious implications as players begin to gear their game for the climactic Stanley Stick championship series in April.

“People are fatter,” said Colonel of the season’s slothful pause. “People don’t quite grasp it’s a lot easier to put a few pounds on than to take a few pounds off.”

Playing consistently keeps players sharp, hones their timing and playmaking, said the veteran. Those skills diminish quickly.

“You lose your hands, you lose your ball skills,” said Colonel, who struggled with some of his deke moves during Sunday’s half-court scrimmage. “It’s best for everyone to be out playing the game.”

Another week of wet, warm weather may still not be enough to thaw out the home courts. The ice is that thick, reported Living Legend after he scouted it on Saturday.
Roadsters are advised to check the website and the road hockey social media feeds for updates.

Twizzler announced he'll miss six weeks beginning in February as he takes an extended sojourn to his ancestral home. With his return scheduled for mid-April, he may still be able to play in the Stanley Stick.

Posted by jaysuburb at January 22, 2017 03:51 PM

I will be swinging by the courts today to check on their status. Should have a firm decision on our venue by late this afternoon. Stay tuned to the website and social media feeds.

Posted by: Living Legend at January 28, 2017 07:24 AM

That's awful Doo. Wising you a speedy recovery but be smart and take your time to heal properly. With car accidents, sometimes you don't find out how bad you were injured until a second crash, similar in a way to head trauma and concussions; they can be additive so that subsequent injuries are far worse than they would have been had you never had the first one.

Posted by: The Colonel at January 28, 2017 12:34 AM

Any word on what court we will be using

Posted by: Nouvelle at January 27, 2017 05:28 PM

Well, I could say something about road hockey karma kicking you in the teeth...
Take it easy Doo, and heal up! Hopefully ICBC will do right by you because a car can easily be replaced, but your health is another story...
Did you at least make the traffic report?

Posted by: Living Legend at January 25, 2017 04:24 PM

Hi gang, I have some bad news to share: this Sunday I was involved in a serious head-on car crash (on my way to ball hockey in Coquitlam ironically). My car's toast, although miraculously I only suffered a few scrapes and some whiplash. The neck and back stuff sometimes takes a while to manifest and at the moment things are pretty sore, so I don't know when I will be returning to feel the sting of the Evil Orange Plastic Ball.

I'll keep you updated as things go along, but I should be there come Stanley Stick time...at least to watch if not play!

Posted by: Doo at January 25, 2017 11:35 AM

Sorry boys but was dealing with the bug that has been going around! This might be one of the reasons for the low turn out. Hoping to come out this Sun.

Posted by: lakattack at January 24, 2017 01:08 PM