Turns out that not only are the Polar Ice Caps in danger of melting... so are the outdoor hockey rinks of the world.
...this quintessential slice of Canadian life in wintertime is slowly melting away due to global warming, says a collection of young environmentalists.Well, if you were looking for another reason to get serious about this environmental threat we face this it... the melting of outdoor hockey.
"A bunch of us are fairly avid hockey fans and hockey players and we noticed that we were waiting longer and longer every year to play, and then we started phoning rink operators and were told the same story," said Mike Hudema of Global Exchange.
"It's not only that the season is getting shorter but it's also the (fewer) number of the cold days in a row. Suddenly you get a real warm spell where your entire rink will melt, and so getting a nice clean surface is really hard."
Hudema, a 28-year-old from Edmonton, said the campaign, launched over the weekend, has been joined by about a dozen environmental groups, including the heavy-hitting World Wildlife Fund.
...They are also organizing a series of protest outdoor hockey games. One game scheduled for Whitehorse was cancelled last week because of warm weather.
They also plan to stage a mock funeral for shinny hockey outside the Montreal conference on climate change that opens today.
Today's Hockey Quote:
"The goalie is like the guy on the minefield. He discovers the mines and destroys them. If you make a mistake, somebody gets blown up"- Arturs Irbe, Dallas goaltender