Rosemont Ice Guys Blog

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

No Shinny, The Third Week







It is sad and disheartening to see the ice like this with all of our work and efforts this year in keeping the ice in the best shape it has ever been... now melt away.

This Thursday we can get together for a pint and piece of pie as well clean up the yard a bit. Put away shovels and goalies and reflect a bit on the year.
Let me know if this work for you by emailing me availability, say 6:30-7 pm to meet,

Kurt


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blame It On The Weather!

It was a great, very short season. This 2015/2016 ice making year seemed to go by so quickly.  After a struggle to get the ice ready before Christmas the ice was as good as it has been in years thanks to all the volunteers:
Kris
Ian
Biagio
Jeff
Craig
Andy
Andre
Claire
John
Austin
Andrew G.
Andrew P.
Glen
Dave
Kelly
Keith
Jesse
Jim
Kurt
Conrad
Bud (The silent and invisible one)

Number of Coats this year
Nov.   19
Dec.   31
Jan.    31
Feb.   8

Total = 89

We are going to have to thank ourselves with some beer and pizza soon. As the melting continues I will pick a night and we can put away the gear and have a cheer.
Note for next year equipment wise, we need to get some new snow shovels and light ones that we can keep locked up in the shed for just us.

Big cheers to all of you.

Thanks
Kurt


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

It Was Like Military Exercise!!!

The emergency flood tonight was well executed.

Craig emailed me first thing this morning after he studied the weather pattern for this week. He suggested that tonight might be the best and/or only night to get a flood in. He was Right!

After the emergency call-out to the squad of iceguys this morning, I was able to juggle your busy schedules. Some at 7 pm and others at 8 and 9 PM.

Biagio, Craig, Kris and I scraped off the ice at 7 pm. We met DAVE, skater from Huntington Hills, who came down to get a workout on the ice. He helped us after he skated on the lower ice. Meanwhile we were flooding the upper. Thanks Dave.

Craig recruited Conrad, one of the shinny dads on Tuesday night to help out if he could. Conrad, showed up before 8 pm with his cousin to give us a hand. So the 6 of us laid down a coat and talked over a pop while waiting for the H2O to solidify. Then put down the second coat.

Jeff, like clockwork showed up before 9 pm, while just Craig and I at this point. Craig handed the "torch" to Jeff and I putting down a third layer on each.

As if the night couldn't be orchestrated well enough... Ian shows up to put the finishing touch on the last coat. Yes, that is right, 4 coats on each tonight!

Well done everyone. With temperatures barely freezing over night, for the next 7 days, it was great to get this done while we could.

Don't forget the Party Friday night. Bring the kids! Have a skate and a cheers to yourself for the work done!

Thanks,
Kurt








Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Yesterday's Flood

Great turnout last night!

Kris, Craig, Andrew P., Ian and I washed the sheets with two coats on the upper and three lower.
The upper ice is getting the worst of the warm weather.  We noticed the melting run-off from the north slope is already making the ice turn yellow and thinning.
We were commenting on how much better it is to have the hockey set up on the lower ice. The question was posed as to who's idea was it to move the hockey to the lower ice.....

Of course it was Biagio who for years was the big advocate of migrating the nets south.

The weather doesn't look good for a flood Thursday I'll keep you posted either way but for now I say no go!

Cheers
Kurt

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday night OFF...

Well Gang,

This is becoming to be a pattern. It will be the second Thursday in a row that we can't flood due to warm weather.
Take the night off, hope to go Monday night at 8 PM

Cheers.
Kurt



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Message From Grant...

After Monday's flood, Grant lead the shinny program last night and he wanted me to pass on a BIG thank you to us.
He would like to give a shout of thanks for our work. "The ice was excellent"; Grant said, and the 17 kids ranging from the age of six to eight years on in this year's program. This is the youngest group he has ever seen. As well, there are 4 alumni from the program who have joined him as coaches to help out: Danielle, Paulina, Lucas, and Spencer. He said, "It's very rewarding to see former participants giving back to the program. Grant wanted me to share this with you.

It is great to see our hard work paying off in the learning process of the kids. You should all be proud!

Thursday's flood doesn't look good with the increase temperatures over the week. But it's Calgary, so you never know.


Cheers
Kurt

                                   
Title: "Postcap"  Photographer: Kurt Westergard, copyright ™ 2016

I took advantage of the warm weather and grabbed the camera pointed the truck west. I took this shot near Priddis today.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Great Night for IT!

Well it turned out to be a great night for flooding. Well maybe the only night this week... we'll see.
Last night Ian, Claire, Keith, Biagio, Craig, John and I threw done 3 coats on each sheet.
The weather was just right.

We had to get the blower out to clean up the edges that were piling up from shoveling due to the "civilians" just pushing snow to the edge.  The blower, even as new as it is, might need to get the auger button looked at.  I was down this morning checking out the wires to the button and all looks good. It could be the motor is faulty. Old "Bertha" had a hand crank that worked for 20 years.

See you Thursday if just for a scrape.

Kurt



Saw this stranger down there this morning.