They probably won't come over and water the rink or help shovel off the snow, but for the backyard rink builders of Canada, The Home Depot is on your side.
Once again the home supply chain is joining the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in a backyard rink building contest, with the winning rink receiving the grand prize of a trip for four to a Stanley Cup final game, including airfare, accommodation and a 1,000 dollar gift card from The Home Depot.
The winning rink will be announced live on Hockey Night in Canada on March 3, 2007.
The closing date for submissions is February 18th and there's a list of rules and regulations to take a look at here. For those new the wonderful joys of building a backyard rink, the contest features a how to do this page on the website.
Last year, northwest BC was the lucky winner of the Backyard rink contest as the JohnTaylor family rink became the talk of not only the town but the entire nation.
This year might be a bit more of a challenge than others for would be rink builders, winter has been off to a late start in many parts of Canada, though the prairies seem to be locked into the deep freeze which should help in the freezing process. The elements will be a little harder to overcome in coastal British Columbia, where the more traditional monsoon like rains are beginning to return.
Perhaps they can create a new category for the coast, underwater hockey, fill up the pool throw in a puck and don't forget to come up for air once and awhile.
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