Whatever their shape, size or location, rinks across Quebec that The newspaper presents you all share one thing in common: they are creators of memories. Some craftsmen are in their first year, others are regulars, but no matter what, they are all guided by a devouring passion which is to their credit.
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Sylvie Racine, Chambly
► Size: 16 ft x 32 ft
Even though she had never done “that in her life”, Sylvie Racine gave herself body and soul to building a first ice rink behind her backyard for her two teenagers, Alycia and Jérémy. “I wanted to turn something negative that is the pandemic into a constructive project. I did not count my hours, it is a source of pride for me. ” An emotion management therapist, she shared her experience on social networks to inspire other people.
Denis Lapointe,The Assumption
► Size: 24 ft x 60 ft
At 65, Denis Fortin decided to give a rather original Christmas present to his son and his 4-year-old granddaughter: a private ice rink! The handy man of his hands, who immersed himself in minor hockey for a decade, built the structure from A to Z and even used reclaimed wood, saving precious pennies. “My granddaughter learned to skate in a week,” he says. My guy still plays in the adult leagues, but for the first time in his life he was left with nothing, so now he has his private ice cream in his backyard! ”
Marco Bêty, Levi’s
► Size: 32 ft x 58 ft
The Bêty family did not do things by halves. Tired of shoveling two years after the inauguration of his ice cream, father Marco built a huge roof in 2016 supported by steel beams so that his children Charles, Mathieu and Catherine did not have to worry about snowstorms. This is even more true this year. Bands, benches, speakers, lights, the place sweats hockey.
Julie Marois, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac
Photo QMI Agency, Joël Lemay
► Size: 18 ft x 40 ft
Even if the ice rink in their neighborhood is located less than a kilometer from their residence, Julie Marois and her partner Guillaume Legault wanted to avoid the constraints related to the pandemic by building theirs for the first time for their boys Justin and Mathis, who put on their skates every day after school. Pandemic or not next year, they will recur, so the experience is positive.
Photo QMI Agency, Joël Lemay
Alex Fortin, Lévis
► Size: 16 ft x 40 ft
Normally playing hockey almost 12 months of the year, Alex Fortin wanted to continue playing his favorite sport despite the restrictions in place. Even though he had no experience building an ice rink, he managed to set up a space large enough to hone his skills and introduce his 4-year-old son Mason to the joys of skating. “It creates beautiful moments with the family and it breaks the daily routine, especially now. We are having a lot of fun.” He gets up regularly at 5 a.m. to water the ice. “You have to be cranky, but it’s a passion.”
Gino Roberge, Saguenay
Photo QMI Agency, Roger Gagnon
► Size: 22 ft x 58 ft
Atom-level coach, Gino Roberge has transformed his backyard into an ice rink large enough that he was able to hold a 3-on-3 mini-tournament for his boy’s team during the holidays while respecting health rules. He even installed a logo in the center of the ice and the garage serves as a changing room. Her 2 year old granddaughter also benefits. “I wanted it to be worth while doing it. I’m not very manual, but my son really wanted to. ”
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116