Looking for a place to ice skate outdoors? Consider the pond in Hidden Valley Park

Ice rink at Way Park Cannon River above the Ames Mill Dam  the hockey rink next to the Northfield Ice Arena 
It’s not only the lack of snow that’s plaguing us. It’s also been too warm to make decent ice for outdoor rinks.  As of yesterday, the City’s neighborhood ice rinks weren’t skatable. Witness the rink at Way Park above. The Cannon River above the Ames Mill dam looked skatable for those looking to either win a Darwin Award or to be ticketed by the Northfield Police. Your only option for outdoor hockey: the hockey rink next to the Northfield Ice Arena, as the two hockey rinks at Carleton College aren’t yet skatable.

Ice on the pond in Hidden Valley Park Ice on the pond in Hidden Valley Park Ice on the pond in Hidden Valley Park
However, the stormwater pond in Hidden Valley Park in my backyard is near-perfect for ice skating. Some of my visiting relatives took a tour on foot yesterday afternoon.

Adult Broomball League to launch in Northfield. Registration deadline is Dec. 28. I wanna play!

Community Services Division brochureThe Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division is out with their Winter/Spring 2012 brochure (PDF). 

I’m thrilled to see that they’re offering an Adult Broomball League. I played on broomball teams in college at St. Thomas, in Minneapolis City Rec leagues for a few years, and then just occasional pickup games after we moved to Northfield in 1974.

BroomballThe new broomball league games will be played on Thursday nights, 9:45PM -11:45PM at the Northfield Ice Arena beginning Jan. 5 and going through Feb. 2. Cost:   $ 340.00

I’m not yet sure how the Northfield format will work, as the description says "Games will begin at 10:30 p.m." What happens the previous 45 minutes?  How many players on a team? How many players on the ice at time? Will there be multiple games on the ice simultaneously? I’ll find out. In the meantime, read more about broomball on the USA Broomball web site.

Are you interested in forming a team? I’m willing to put one together.

Or do you have a team already but need more players? I’m a candidate. Attach a comment here or contact me.

Photos from the Northfield Peewee A hockey tournament

Jesse James Showdown PeeWee A Hockey Tournament Jesse James Showdown PeeWee A Hockey Tournament Center: Northfield Raiders Team Manager Cheryl Buck and friends
I went to get my skates sharpened this morning at the Northfield Ice Arena and discovered that the Northfield Hockey Association is hosting the Jesse James Showdown Peewee A Hockey Tournament this weekend. (Peewee boys, ages 11–12.) Teams from Northfield, Faribault, St. Paul Como, Red Wing, Orono, Fremont NE, Austin, and Tartan are participating. 

Cheryl Buck (right photo, center) is the Northfield Raiders PeeWee Team Manager. She’s also has duties as the President of the Laura Baker Services Association Board of Trustees while performing a few tasks as Director of sponsor relations for PRMIA.

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