An ambitious idea shared with friends was brought to life last weekend with a community coming together to celebrate a love for outdoor sport.
Dozens of people grabbed their hats, mitts, skates and sticks to play hockey last Saturday the old-fashioned way, on an outdoor sheet of ice in Lower Onslow.
The perpetrator of this celebration was former Truro Bearcat, hockey dad and sports fan Bruce Fiddes, who had constructed, not just one, but two outdoor rinks for people to enjoy the game.
Building rinks is a hobby he has been honing for several winter seasons. At first, for his own children’s enjoyment, and later for friends, neighbours and family to enjoy.
He said it takes about 40 hours a week to keep them maintained for guests, a chore he willingly does to keep himself off the couch, he says.
After several years of watching his favourite winter sport celebrated nationally on TV during CBCs Hockey Day in Canada, he decided it was time to host a local event to bring people together in a non-competitive way for the love of the game.
His plan was set in motion, a date was picked, helping hands to prepare the rinks were recruited and a call went out inviting people to join in.
Unsure what to expect on Saturday, Jan. 25 in temperatures of –18 C early in the morning, Fiddes was soon rewarded with the arrival of players and goalies vying for time on his homemade ice.
This event happened because someone planted the seed of an idea and watched it grow and blossom with enthusiasm.
It brought together young and young at heart, all sharing the ice with the only prize to take home being bragging rights.
The players claimed there is a distinctly different atmosphere and a great deal of camaraderie while playing pond hockey.
We applaud Fiddes for his community spirit in taking on the planning of this top-notch event.
Not only did it bring back memories from yesteryear for the ‘mature’ generation, but it no doubt created memories that will last a lifetime for youth participants.