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Cold weather in Okanagan a boon for backyard rink enthusiasts

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With the closure of arenas across the country due to COVID-19, this winter's must have accessory is proving to be the backyard rink. Travis Lowe has the Lowe Down on how the latest deep freeze has been a blessing for homemade rink builders in the Okanagan. – Feb 12, 2021

Dan and Max Fogarty are loving the double-digit minus temperatures of late.

The polar vortex that chilled B.C.’s Southern Interior has allowed them to build a pretty sweet 30-by-50-foot rink in the backyard.

“It’s a labour of love,” said rink builder Dan Fogarty. “I do it for my son.”

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And nine-year-old Max loves having a full-on rink in his backyard.

“It’s nice to have it so you can go skating one in a while and practice,” said Max, an L.A. Kings fan who is using his unlimited ice time to work on his shot.

The rink – from nets to netting, boards and plexiglass — was salvaged and destined for the scrapyard, including even old puck boards from Prospera Place.

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