The coolest place in town these days is the arena in Morrisburg. That’s right. The ice is in, and a new season of skating and hockey is just a little more than a week away.
South Dundas manger of Recreation and Facilities, Donnie Lewis reports the ice plant was turned on Monday, August 25th, “but it was a slow start. It was really hot and muggy, so everything took longer.”
The suction valve was opened Wednesday, August 27 (removes air from the lines) and the ice making process began Thursday morning at 9 a.m.
This past Saturday, the ice was painted and floods, using hoses, were put down until about 7 p.m. Saturday night and again on Sunday.
The first floods with the Zamboni were done Tuesday morning, and the ice-hockey lines were to be put down today, Wednesday, September 3.
“We have about a half inch of ice now,” said Lewis at lunchtime on Tuesday. “We are looking for about an inch of ice, and I expect we should be there by early next week.”
The first use of the 2014-15 ice will be by the Morrisburg and District Figure Skate Club at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, September 13.
Minor hockey will get its season start at 11:30 a.m. on that same day, and the Junior B Lions will have their first practice on home ice on Tuesday night, the 16th.
The Lions launched their camp on Sunday, August 24 in Brockville. Their main camp took place this past weekend.
The Jr. B Lions have an exhibition game set for Friday, September 12, in Finch against the Akwesasne Wolves. Game time is 7 p.m.