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Buccigross outdoor hockey montage
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Missed this a few days ago when it aired, but a friend had re-posted it on Facebook and figured others around here would appreciate it as I did.Short commentary and video on backyard rinks/outdoor…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by LaSHOOOOSH Jan 17, 2014.

Backyard rink article from today's Portland Press Herald
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A friend of mine (and fellow backyard rink-er) from my years back out in Maine just forwarded me the link to this article that appeared in today's Portland paper.  Figured I'd pass it along as…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by LaSHOOOOSH Jan 5, 2014.

Resurfacing hose alternative?
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On a whim, I bought a couple of those green expandable "Pocket Hoses" that were on sale at my local hardware store.   I was sick of lugging my heavy 100' rubber hose/hose reel in and out of the house…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Vitali Dec 27, 2013.

Anyone use one of these....?
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In light of the absolutely craptacular winter to date and now a pesky slush/ice storm that rang in the new year and turned my rink into a crusty mess, the gloves are about to come off!   I'm…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Magnus Leslie Jan 7, 2012.


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On Frozen Ponds Web series

Learned about this project via another website last year.   At that time they were in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund their filming efforts and the first of their four installments was published yesterday, with remaining three to follow over the next several weeks.   Looks to be a great little series celebrating the love of outdoor hockey and dealing with mother nature as we all do to maintain the ice.

(not sure if the this site will successfully embed Vimeo files,…


Posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment


Saw this posted on Facebook somewhere and wanted to pass it on, as it's certainly an interesting idea. Paralleling efforts from climatologists who use data from weather stations across Canada, a group of geographers from a university in Ontario created a website for users to register their backyard rinks and then track the number of skating days in a given winter, presumably to map/chart winter weather trends. …


Posted on January 15, 2013 at 10:46am

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At 1:15am on February 6, 2012, DAVID OUTZEN said…


Excellent video of your Tractor Zamboni. Looked like a great project. Hope you're getting some good skating weather up there.



At 10:26am on January 20, 2012, rob lee said…

the monitor is weather proof and the speakers are just in wall type  its really sounds amazing. the 2 sides are just white plexi with everyone who helped signature

At 8:56am on January 18, 2012, DAVID OUTZEN said…


Looks like you finally got your cold weather! Enjoy!


At 9:49pm on January 13, 2012, Joe Palamara said…

Hey Magnus, we just went through a repeat of the New Year's slushfest.  Rather than shovel and scrape and rinse and repeat, I am leaving it.  Just came in and you know what? It isn't awful.  It's gritty and where I roof raked its a bit wavy, but I truly believe I am better off than if I would have tried to shovel slush (again).  It was so warm and there was so much water on the ice that when it snowed I actually had a thicker layer of slush than ice.  A fried of mine actually shop vac'd 39 gallons of water from the surface.  still had the troubles.  

Anyway, I wanted to see how you were doing there with yours

At 9:06pm on January 5, 2012, DAVID OUTZEN said…


Really like the "eyespyfx" on your page! Also was admiring the "old school" hockey goal with the rounded frame in back...where did you get your hands on that?!



At 1:25pm on January 4, 2012, Joe Palamara said…
Not sure exactly what we got. The rain before messed with any snow to make a mess. Furthermore, the weight actually broke what little ice there was forcing the unfrozen water up exacerbating the slush problem. I spent about 8 hrs during the cold snap scraping and got 2 light floods on. I'll be happy to get it quasi level by Friday when it warms.  I think i am shelling on my east edge where i was pulling and watwr was most present  Glad to hear things are going better there.   Happy skating!
At 10:57pm on January 3, 2012, Joe Palamara said…
Hey Magnus, how's the skating?  Rink looks great.  How did you fare with the slush?
At 7:19pm on December 27, 2011, DAVID OUTZEN said…

We had about a 12" snowfall. During an 18-hour period I shoveled it 6 times. Not complaining, though...its a great outdoor hockey tradition. By the way, the rink photos on your page are great! 


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