Game On

It’s rare for Vancouver area lakes to freeze over to the extent that people can skate on them. I remember being on Como Lake in 1988, and it’s been a couple of decades since Trout Lake, below, was frozen.

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With clear blue skies and word that we’ll return to milder weather next week, people of all ages were out today making the most of this temporary winter wonderland.

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There were more than a few people playing shinny on the lake.

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Shinny is informal or “pick up” hockey.

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It’s played on the street, in lanes and – for the fortunate – on outdoor ice.

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You don’t have goalies or set positions; you do have pre-teens playing alongside men and (in the case of this game) a woman.

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When you play on a frozen lake, there’s no luxury of zambonis.
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Instead, people bring shovels and – in this group’s case – you do a bit of synchronised shovelling.

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Here in Vancouver, people know this is a rare opportunity. They’re happy to lace up their skates …

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… and so players are happy  to wait for the shift change that’ll see them back on the ice.

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