How Does A Hockey Rink Stay Frozen? [Facts!]

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I don’t know about you, but I am definitely not an expert when it comes to outdoor sports. I mean, I adore them and all, but I am definitely not sporty. That is why when it comes to hockey, I always turn to the experts for help.

I mean, I have always wondered how hockey rinks stay frozen in the winter. I figured either the ice guy drops the temperature all the time or the ice is specially made to stay frozen. It turns out, it is the former.

The ice guy drops the temperature. I mean, I guess we all know what happens when you go outside without having your coat on, right? Your body heat rapidly melts the ice cubes you are holding in your hands. So when the ice guy arrives at the rink to refill the ice surface, he does so in a cold climate. The problem is, as you might imagine, in a place like Canada, it isn’t that easy to get the temperature down so low that the ice will stay frozen.

I mean, sure, you can put all of the pieces of equipment (stirrups, goalposts, etc.) in the freezer, but there are a million little things that could go wrong. I mean, who knows where you might store your equipment or how it might get damaged in the process. You don’t want to find yourself in a place like this:

  • A huge pile of broken equipment
  • No ice in the rink (it is too warm to play)
  • No place to train (no facilities for beginners)
  • No pro shop (no place to buy the equipment you need)
  • No fans (no one to watch the games or match results)
  • No one to cheer you on as you play
  • No dugouts (place to change the player’s diapers during the game)
  • No one to take your order at the candy stand (during the game)
  • No one to bring you water (during the game)
  • No one to help you physically (during the game)
  • No one to talk to while you are trying to watch the game (during the game)
  • No one to argue with over who is going to win the game (during the game)
  • No one to celebrate with you when your team wins (during the game)
  • No one to commiserate with you when your team loses (during the game)
  • No one to help you figure out what happens next in the game (during the game)
  • No one to explain the rules to you (during the game)
  • No one to give you tips on how to improve your game (during the game)
  • No one to criticize your game (during the game)
  • No one to help you celebrate when your team wins (during the game)
  • And, above all, no one to have fun with (during the game)

So, yeah, a regular old summer in Canada isn’t that great when it comes to playing hockey. Now, if you are really determined to play in the winter, you can always take in a hockey game or two at the local rink. It might be a bit of a culture shock as the temperature is a lot cooler and there is no one around to help you get the meat frozen again, but, you know, sometimes you just have to deal with things you cannot control. But let’s be honest, most of the time you play in the winter, you are probably not that attached to the outcome of the game anyway.

How Are They Made?

If you are not familiar with the phrase, “no-man’s land,” then you should probably find out what it means, because the conditions that exist there make it difficult for a normal person to play. For starters, the land itself is frozen, so you will not be able to move freely about without risking an injury. Because of the danger involved, it is usually only professionals that play in this harsh environment. For those that do, the reward is tremendous. They can get paid thousands of dollars, and in some cases, multi-million dollars for a season of hockey. They are the people that made an industry out of outdoor hockey, as it is now a year-round sport in many places.

Most importantly, the ice guy has his work cut out for him. He literally has to spend a lot of time keeping the ice frozen, as well as making it in the proper size for the rink. To add insult to injury, he has to do so with severely limited access to refrigeration units, as these are usually only available at certain times of the day, or at all, when the temperature is at its absolute minimum. So, yeah, it is a tough job.

I mean, it is not an easy way to make a living, but I guess if you are good at it, you can always find work wherever you like. I mean, there are a lot of rinks in Canada, so if you can get along with the other ice guys and gals, you have a great opportunity to play hockey wherever you like. You just have to make sure that the equipment is there for you to use. Most rinks have an equipment manager that will help you get set up with all of the proper gear. Just be careful not to damage or lose any of it in the process.

The Pros And Cons Of Outdoor Hockey

So, what are the pro’s and the con’s of playing hockey outdoors? Is it really that much of an advantage? Well, let’s take a look at some of the practical aspects of playing on the surface versus playing in a gym:

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