For two sets of young players, 2012 Hockey Day was made a bit more special when they got together on outdoors ice to play a fun exhibition game. Definitely “old-time hockey” weather wrapped around the Princeton and Cambridge-Isanti “A” Mites squads as a stiff south wind blew across the rink located in the backyard of the Lindell family in Isanti.
“I love the ‘Hockey Day’ event out here, just watching the kids play outdoors. When you’re laying out ice and asking yourself why you’re out there at 2 in the morning, then you see them laughing and smiling and having a good time, then you say ‘All that work, that’s what it’s for,’” said rink owner Steve Lindell. This is the second winter the Lindells have maintained the rink in their backyard, and this year’s weird weather forced the Lindells and friends to make ice three times after the first two attempts melted away.
The two teams held the opening faceoff as dusk was rolling in, and soon the four-on-four action was careening up and down the rink. At the end, both teams got a miniature version of the “Rusty Skates” traveling trophy which is annually vied for between the C-I and Princeton varsity boys hockey squads. Photos & story by Greg Hunt