I'd also like to know when some rinks around the city are open. A few of us were talking in the OT thread last month that we should get together and start up some pickup games. However, I don't know if that's welcomed or not.
If we can find a rink that everyone can get to, I think that'd be fun.
I'm in River Heights and live within walking distance of Earl Grey CC and Lord Roberts CC. I'll check those out this week.
I think because of the weather, and the recession, there has been some hesitation to start the flooding this year. I have checked out a few rinks, in Transcona, and St Boniface, and none have begun flooding yet. I did get word that they have started to ice Norberry though, so keep your eyes open. Can wait to start playing too!
I played at Westridge yesterday. There were still soft spots in one corner, but the rest of the ice was really quite good.
One of the better rinks for pickup games used to be Crescentwood on Corydon. Not sure how it is now though.
I think they may be flooding them... but none are open that I have seen.
I drive by Chalmers every morning... and they had the rink lights on at 5:30am most of last week.
Usually rinks dont open until mid december. Depending on how cold it has been out.
So they should be getting close.
I play Spongee in the Kildonan league and we got pushed back from this week to next week for start times due to the weather, I would guess most of the rest of the city would be facing similar situations.
Winakwa is usually pretty good, 3 rinks and hardly ever in use, two on concrete and one on grass.
I'm not much of a skater, but if anyone wants to play a pick up game of spongee I'm all ears
I never learned how to skate when I was a kid. Last year I got skates for Christmas and tried to learn by myself. I'm really looking forward for the outdoor rinks to open up in my area so I can continue to learn. My life goal in life is to one day play a full game.
As mentioned above, Bronx Park C.C. usually has awesome ice, as does Sturgeon Heights (Rita Street - formerly Sturgeon Creek C.C.) and Varsity View C.C. - probably none of them are open for skating yet.
I play shinny some weekends at Heritage-Victoria; the ice usually isn't great, but it's in my hood.
They've started flooding the rinks at Park City West CC in Transcona. I saw someone skating around there yesterday although judging by the open zamboni entrance and the lack of nets, they've only started recently and will probably be another week before it's ready to go at least.
I agree with this. I've had the best luck at SJF. The CC is usually open too so you don't have to change outside.
Man, that brings back lots of memories- played all my minor hockey at Sir John, and literally hundreds of hours of pick up hockey.....remember the frozen feet well
that and trying to stickhandle and complete passes with about a dozen or more guys on each team.... talk about like trying to stickhandle in a phone booth....
also remember Mike Keane when he was like 9 or 10 years old playing there, too ...had pretty good wheels even then...