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brackets, nails, assorted hardware———-$200


number of days of waiting for three consecutive below-freezing temperature days———-30+

gallons of water to fill the mac-daddy of all backyard ice rinks———-like, a bazillion

Having a dad that loves nothing more than turning your wishes into realities———-


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  1. well, i’m a hockey nut. and there’s nothing better than having a backyard rink. it’s where all the real action starts. Love it!

    January 23, 2012
  2. Linda #

    Wow, this is Amazing. I am in Australia and we are in the middle of a heat wave,temps up to the 40s for over a week. This is so cool…in every way!

    January 23, 2012
  3. AWESOME!! I love that your husband did this for the boys…what a great dad!! So cool…so cool!!

    January 23, 2012
  4. What a dad, what a dad! This brought a lump to my throat! And what lucky young men those guys are! Memories in the making. Cherish them. They grow up and leave home SO FAST! Our yard didn’t have a hockey rink, but we had the neighborhood football field and basketball court, that played a small part in our boys helping win the State BB Championship 10 years ago. I would love to be able to go back and have a day or two of those days back! So take lots of pictures and enjoy watching them have fun out there! karen fr/ NE

    January 23, 2012
  5. Mel #

    A hockey rink! In your back yard!


    January 24, 2012
  6. That is just awesome!

    January 24, 2012
  7. Kathy Roloff #

    As a true hockey fan, I love this rink for your boys. There are 3 of 4 brothers, named Staal, whose dad did this for them every year in Thunder Bay Ontario. These three boys are now in the NHL and are millionaires. The fourth son is in the minors and is said to be as good or better than his brothers. You never know what something like this can lead to, if only healthy fun in your back yard. Good on ya!!

    January 24, 2012
  8. Love this post! You are making beautiful memories with your beautiful family!

    January 24, 2012
  9. Sheri #

    What Fun… it is truly priceless!!

    January 24, 2012
  10. Kris Carbone #

    What an awesome father! The kids will remember that for the rest of their lives! Nothing is too much for a child 😉

    January 24, 2012
  11. Eva #

    Susan, You have an amazing husband and family! It’s fun to get to see the personal side of Jim but it certainly translates into his interpersonal skills at work too! Showed these pics to my husband who grew up in Indiana and Pennsylvania – and it reminded him of stuff he did as a kid with his Dad and younger brother. Thanks for sharing your personal family ‘moments’ that create memories. Fondly, Eva

    PS I do hope to get to meet you some day!

    January 24, 2012
  12. Wow! How totally awesome!!!! Is that a thing? Do people make ice rinks in their yard now? When I was a kid we just waited for random puddles in fields to freeze over – but this is so much cooler!

    January 24, 2012
  13. This is awesome! I never imagined having this in our backyard. I never thought that it wouldn’t be too expensive. Results are really cool and aside from that, you get to bond while putting it up.

    January 25, 2012

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