Rink is Open

 

The rink is finally ready for skating. The final prep started at 6:00 am this morning, scraping humps and bumps and a final flood. A big thank you to Stacy King for his help and enthusiasm.

A gentle reminder to be respectful of other users and share the ice. Please leave tracks not trash, if you bring something take it with you when you leave.

 

Mother Nature determines how the ice will be, Jeff has his fingers crossed for below zero numbers. Thank you to Jeff & Stacy for their hard working getting the rink ready to use. One last request, if you turn the lights on please turn them off when you leave, we all know the cost of hydro…

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2014 Castleton Cup Pond Hockey Tournament

Last year’s tournament was a resounding success and with some cooperation from Mother Nature the conditions look great for the tournament this year at the Sports Fields.  The ice makers have been freezing their bits off but the ice looks near perfect.

Winning team Rolfe

 

Set aside Saturday Feb 1, 2014 for what is sure to be a great day of hockey played outdoors.  Below are the rules and general information for this year’s tournament.  Limited team space is available.  Deadline for entries is January 30, 2014.

2014 Pond Hockey

2014 Castleton Cup Pond Hockey Tournament Rules

 

 

 

 

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Castleton Cup Pond Hockey Tournament

Winning team Rolfe

The winning team of players of the Castleton Cup Pond Hockey Tournament

Saturday, February 16 was a perfect -8 C and teams were set for a day of all out pond hockey at the ice rink.   The teams entered in the tournament were in for a great day beginning with the first puck drop at 1 pm sharp. Each 25 min game brought more and more excitement.

Teams competed in one common pool creating an all out battle for top position.  After the scheduled three games, two teams had a flawless record winning all three of their games.  The teams assembled by John Rolfe and Ryan Wilson were perfect on the day leading into the final match.  It was a do or die 25 minute race for the cup.  At the final whistle, it was the team entered by John Rolf who hoisted the Castleton Cup Pond Hockey trophy under the lights in victory at 7:30pm

The teams were complied of various ages but it was the timeless entry of golden oldies by Derek Jones that drew the attention of spectators.   Not too sure if an ambulance or defibrillator was needed but this team did have a ton of fun.

castleton's finest

Names withheld to protect the ego’s of these “senior” players

Though there was no real winner or loser on the day but the true winners were all participants in the first Castleton Cup Pond Hockey tournament.  Forty-eight players, comprising eight teams, taking to the ice of the outdoor rink was a perfect way to celebrate the Canada’s ultimate winter sport.   Grassroots hockey is alive and well in rural Ontario.

The Sports Club has deemed this an event a success and with some cooperation from Mother Nature it will become an annual event.

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