March 02, 2019

Ice age grips road hockey courts

The road hockey courts remain locked in by a thick layer of ice and compacted, frozen snow three weeks after a series of snowstorms.

And while the weather-forced hiatus likely wonít get as bad as the nine weeks that were lost in the 2016-17 season, Sunday Morning Road Hockeyís fellow founding father said the inability to play has been frustrating.

ďIt felt like our season was gaining momentum, with more players coming out and others expressing interest, then this happens,Ē said Living Legend.

The frustration has been compounded by the bright, sunny weather that would otherwise be ideal for playing. But a persistent cold snap punctuated by overnight temperatures below freezing, has made a thaw of the courts a slow, arduous process.

On Saturday, about a third of the game court was still encased in a thick layer of solid ice and frozen snow. The lack of sunshine at the icy end of the court, which is cast in shadow most of the day from the neighbouring school building, has also been a factor.

After a mostly snow-free season, the flakes first started to fly moments after the roadsters last played a full-court game on Feb. 11. That storm dumped several inches on the court, then was followed a couple of days later by another storm.

The midweek weather events also meant the roadsters werenít able to shovel the courts to prevent the snow from freezing into an ice shelf as the temperatures dropped.

When asked if a shovel brigade of roadsters could clear the court to allow a game to be played, the Legend just shook his head. The ice shelf is pretty hard and impenetrable without a lot of exhausting effort, he said, plus thereís hardly been an abundance of players this season to construct a brigade.

With overnight temperatures forecast to stay above freezing beginning midweek, the Legend said heís optimistic the game will be able to go on next Sunday.

Posted by jaysuburb at March 2, 2019 11:55 PM

I will be there today!

Posted by: lakattack at March 17, 2019 07:21 AM

Me, Big D, and Coach are coming. Just checking on a couple others.

Posted by: Nouvelle at March 16, 2019 10:21 PM

Sorry, it's been a busy day. Courts are in good shape! Weather forecast is sublime! Let's get a good turnout.

Posted by: Living Legend at March 16, 2019 10:09 PM

Iíll be there

Posted by: Cleveland at March 10, 2019 09:58 AM

Big D coming out
Lak u have the pads!!

Posted by: Nouvelle at March 10, 2019 09:55 AM

Anyone else? Lak? Coach? Standing at four and a goalie right now, not looking too good

Posted by: Cleveland at March 10, 2019 09:31 AM

I will bring a net and a shovel
Not sure about big D yet

Posted by: Nouvelle at March 10, 2019 09:24 AM

Whirling Dervish checked in on Facebook; he's in!

Posted by: Living Legend at March 10, 2019 08:32 AM

Also making a note that itís daylight savings tomorrow. Iíll check the site in the early morning if some more people chime in Iíll be there

Posted by: Cleveland at March 9, 2019 11:11 PM

If we get enough check ins Iíll play, anyone have a net we could use for the other half of center court? And another goalie I guess

Posted by: Cleveland at March 9, 2019 11:02 PM

I would be good with half court and or a bit of shovelling

Posted by: Nouvelle at March 9, 2019 10:58 PM

I'm not too into half court, but if everyone is going I will be there.

I need to see updates from peeps!

Posted by: Kid at March 9, 2019 09:22 PM

The shadow court, which is now our game court with the absence of the eastern net in the centre court, is still about 1/4 encase in ice and snow. It's just not getting enough sun to soften, then melt.
The centre court is mostly clear, and what ice remains would be easy enough to clear with a little effort, as the sun does get a chance to soften it.
If everyone is cool for a half-court game, then we're good to go on the centre court. Otherwise, we'll have to wait another week. Comments are open for check-ins.

Posted by: Living Legend at March 9, 2019 05:09 PM