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Thursday, February 5, 2015

home ice rink...why not? ;)

Hunt said his sons, Paddy, 14 and Jeffrey, 16, help install and dismantle the rink on a flat surface in the backyard.
The family starts to build the frame and lays out the fence in October. By November, they install the liner and fill it with 5,500 gallons of water.
The rink measures 40x60 feet and is designed for skating and shooting. It has a regulation 4x6-foot steel ice hockey cage and netting to catch pucks. The ice is six inches thick. When temperatures stay in the 20s, it takes two to three days for the ice to get solid enough to walk on.
There is a fire ring outside the rink area for warming and the rink is equipped with lights for night hockey.
“Last year we were able to skate every day from Dec. 16 through March 30,” Hunt said.
“We are a hockey family. Our boys started playing for the Indiana Youth Hockey Association when they were only 5 or 6 years old,” he said. “Somebody is going to a rink somewhere all the time at our house.”
Paddy is a member of the Derry/Ligonier High School Hockey team.
“We've been doing this for seven years now, and to the best of my knowledge, it's the only home rink in Ligonier,” Hunt said. “We were actually featured during a Pens game about six years ago.”
Hunt said he enjoys teaching others how to install a home ice rink.
“I like to give a lot of pointers on how to do and what not to do,” he said. “I have learned all of the mistakes you can make when you have a backyard rink.”

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