Guy Lafleur’s gin producer has set up an ice rink on the orchard pond which is used to irrigate the local apples.
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It has been a tradition for fifteen years for François Pouliot and his wife Stéphanie Beaudoin, of Verger Hemmingford, but in this year of pandemic and production of the blond Demon gin, the outdoor rink on their land takes on its full meaning.
“Guy Lafleur is our national hero, we have an ice rink, we play hockey, it’s part of us, everything fits together and we share the same heritage,” says Mme Beaudoin who can count on the help of two faithful employees of the Verger, Mario Dauphinais and Mike Doiron, to maintain the ice. They water the ice through a water tank pulled by a tractor.
“The ice rink is fun for everyone. We are in the countryside and everyone has a passion. When you can invite friends and family, with hockey games, it gives you great moments. When the ice is frozen and the sun is shining, there is nothing more wonderful, ”she emphasizes.
She and her 19-year-old daughter, Olivine, are taking advantage of the current confinement to improve their techniques on the ice surface of approximately 30ft by 80ft. These mother-daughter moments are also a great way to be physically active in the great outdoors.
“With Olivine, we make passes, we practice and we do exercises, it’s funny. The rink has become our valve for exercise. ”
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