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April 14, 2011 Ezine Issue # 7 - April 2011

Planning Ahead to Next Season

The saying is as old as the seasons...

There are two kinds of people...
skaters, and those who should be skating.

Did you build your own rink last winter? As you watch it melt away, are you scheming and conniving for ways to improve it next winter?

  • Take stock. Did you like the size of your home rink, or would you like to go bigger?
  • What problems did you run into with last year's rink, and how can you solve them for next year?
  • Winters can be long and dark, but you might be a truly aficionado wishing for even longer stretches of frozen days. Perhaps you are passionate enough to consider a larger investment to reduce the seasonality of your ice rink, and if so, a refrigerated ice rink or synthetic ice rink may be a definite possibility as you look to the future. If so, you'll want to have your new rink ORDERED by mid-summer, which is why it is not too early to start planning.

Are you ready to consider building your very first backyard ice rink next fall? If so, the news are great. Building your own ice rink is not hard, and the rewards are huge. Just ask the many members of the Community. Got questions? They'll be glad to help.

No, it is not at all too early to start planning, whether you're experienced or not.

Ice Rink Construction

Imagine watching your kids whirl and spin-in your own backyard. Imagine refereeing 3-on-3's as slap shots zing into the net not far from the back patio. Imagine getting your own skating time on the backyard ice rink and staying young with your kids.

Why not build your own ice rink? Ice rink construction can be as simple as you need it to be. Not feeling handy? How hard is it to fasten together some 2x6 boards and laying some plastic rink lining over the area? When you see how easy it really can be, you might feel empowered to go a little bigger or better the following year.

  • See Build Your Own Ice Rink for help with the various pre-ice rink construction decisions.
  • See Ice Rink Construction for the step-by-step instructions.
  • See Rink Liners for available rink liner sizes. It may help you with planning your next backyard ice rink.

  • (Picture was posted to the Community by Mark Cunningham and shows two tiers of perimeter boards…nice!)

    There are few better ways to completely indulge the passionate obsession than to build your own backyard ice rink.

    Hockey News

    Bruise your skin, and you get a nasty purple welt, which turns green and yellow, and then goes away. Bruise the brain inside its hard bony shell, and the story doesn't always have a happy ending

    That is why Sidney Crosby has not played hockey since January 5, 2011, when he took a hit to the head. He returned briefly to the ice 4 days later, but aggravated the head injury. He's been on the injured list ever since. If we're lucky, we'll see him rejoin his teammates for the playoffs...

    If and when he does, how well will he perform, seeing he's been out for half the season?? This was the thrust of questions posed by Nicholas Cotsonika, of Yahoo! Sports.

    "We're talking about Sid," answered Marc-Andre Fleury, goalie for the Pittsburgh penguins, as if he were a lawyer resting his case on the obvious. He's Sidney Crosby. Of COURSE he'll be 100%. Duh!

    (Picture of S. Crosby is copyrighted by AJ Messier/NHLI via Getty Images and published by Yahoo! Sports.)

    Read the whole story:;_ylt=Ah1.SIOZlDItsHoLIU.4uON7vLYF?slug=nc-cotsonika-threeperiods_how_good_can_sidney_crosby_be033111

    Concussions can be frightening beasts. The injury causes the brain to swell, and the swelling results in elevated brain pressure. The symptoms depend on the severity and the location of the concussion, and can include actual destruction of the arms of the nerve cells. Science has demonstrated the ability of the brain to regenerate brain cells, however it may take a significant amount of time for the neuronal synapses to fire cleanly once again.

    Rest is good, even for the indomitable Sid, plus he should be eating high-quality immune-boosting foods to enhance the ability of the body to make these essential repairs.

    The hockey world is increasingly aware of the varied dangers of concussions. We're impatient to see Sid Crosby back on the ice, but it's a good thing that the Penguins are taking it very slow with him. He needs his brain fast and sharp, and he needs plenty of time to fully mend.

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