Fire0nice228 wrote:I once played in a rink in WV that was like a barn and to step from the bench door down to the ice level was like a solid foot drop. It was weird. And it was like 2 degrees in the whole building the entire time locker rooms and all.
Ah yes, the Morgantown barn. That place sucked. The rink up in Lawrence County (home of the Lawrence County Lightning, who always sucked) was the same kind of set up. Inside of a barn, freezing cold, locker rooms that you couldn't fit the entire team in.
meow wrote:I remember playing a game on the Neville Rink on the South Side with a construction barrell in the neutral zone. The roof had a leak and the water dripping on the ice melted the ice down to the concrete below. The next year, my back-up goalie and three or four other teammates passed out because of the Zamboni fumes. I also couldn't climb the stairs from the locker room to the rink because of my goalie gear so my coach had to carry me. Good times.
Neville Rink is the source of so many nostalgic stories for me. Some of my favorites:
- Our varsity team had their game end in a 2-2 tie after the second period because the zamboni broke down at center ice, dumped all its water, and melted the neutral zone.
- The locking system for the zamboni door was a bolt that would slide into the wood of the boards it connected to. A kid got checked into the seam between the boards a little too hard, causing the bolt to break through the wood and the door to fly open. Game was delayed half an hour while they figured out how to fix it.
- Towards the end of the rink's existance they started having Friday night raves on the ice surface. We were the first game the following morning and were treated to puke frozen to the ice and syringes in the neutral zone.
I've always thought of Rostraver as the most dangerous rink in the area. Boards backed by concrete is just asking for someone to get injured.
As a sidenote, the coolest rinks I've ever played in are the 1932 and 1980 Olympic rinks in Lake Placid. Was an awesome experience.