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posted on May 06, 2009

On a Riverdale rink, an idea worth stealing

By: Rob Roberts
Published: May 04, 2009
Source: National Post

Donna Goldenberg, a pediatrician, has just come off Withrow Park's rink in her hockey jersey, her face aglow in the chilly spring night.

"Did you see my goal?" she asks me. "Did you see my goal?"

Huge howls of protest go up in this town if ice rinks close early. But once the ice melts in March, dozens of city-owned outdoor rinks sit unused for nine months.


posted on April 08, 2009

Dreams of Etobicoke rec centre on thin ice

New four-rink complex, above, being built in conjunction with MLSE,
sits near the Lakeshore Lions Arena in south Etobicoke.
The community would like the city to put a rec centre in the old
arena to benef it area children.

Published: April 06, 2009
Source: The Star

A neighbourhood in south Etobicoke badly needs a community recreation centre.

Money set aside more than 15 years ago for it now is being spent on another project by the city, leaving the Lakeshore Lions Arena, about to be mothballed as a hockey facility by a new four-rink complex nearby, as quite possibly the area's last hope.

But that's only if the next development plan by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, this time for a soccer practice facility for Toronto FC, gives the old building life.



posted on March 10, 2009

Buds give $2.3M to outdoor rinks

Published: 10th March 2009
Source: Toronto Sun

It's nothing to shake a high-stick at.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is donating $2.3 million to the City of Toronto over the next five years to refurbish some of Toronto's outdoor skating rinks.



Donation from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for arenas and outdoor ice rinks backgroundfile-19974.pdf, March 10, 2009


Related documents:

  • Elimination of the State of Good Repair Backlogs for Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s Indoor and Outdoor Ice and Swimming Pool Facilities backgroundfile-18642.pdf, January 21, 2009
  • Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation Annual Report 2007

posted on February 26, 2009

Hockey Night In Canada - In Punjabi!

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Multilingual sports commentary brings hockey fans together

Many Canadians view the sport of ice hockey as more than just a national pastime. They see it as an essential aspect of the country’s identity and part of the fabric of Canadian culture. Across Canada, there are leagues for boys, girls, men and women. After school kids play pick up games at skating rinks in their neighborhoods and in the summer, they switch to road or street hockey.


posted on February 26, 2009

Council votes to open rinks earlier

Published: 26th February 2009
Source: Toronto Sun

More than a dozen of the city's outdoor rinks w ill open earlier this fall because of a victory for councillors outside the mayor's inner circle.

The coup came late Tuesday, when Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong usurped the recommendations of the community development and recreation committee to consider opening some of the city's rinks early in 2010 and pushed through a vote to have 14 open at an earlier date this fall.


Rennie, Sir Adam Beck, Sunnydale, Duf ferin Grove, Hodgson, Kew Gardens, Regent Park South, Mel Lastman Square, Broadlands, Glen Long, Irving Chapley, Albert Campbell, and West Mall rinks w ill all open this year at the same time as Nathan Phillips Square's ice surface does -- Nov. 21.

"We have a number of outdoor ice rinks all across the city and w e can only use them certain w eeks of the year," Minnan-Wong told council, though many of the city's 45 councillors had lef t by then. "We are not using these ice rinks to capacity ... and w e know w e can open some of these ice rinks earlier."


posted on February 25, 2009

Open ice hit

Time stands still for players and fans when Leafs head outdoors

Published: 25th February 2009
Source: Toronto Sun

With his skates slung over his shoulder and an-ear-to-ear grin, he looked like a kid w ho was skipping school.

Sometimes in life you just have to do that. "I don't w ant to go back to city council," teased Mayor David Miller at the outdoor rink at High Park yesterday.

I'll bet he didn't. Less high-sticking here. And less bodychecking. Truth is, there was not one person at the unveiling of the newly renovated outdoor rink park yesterday w ho did not agree.

It w as one of those time-stands-still kind of moments. This w as as close to perfect as you are ever going to get at a time when it seems so many have a pout on and a pet peeve on the tip of their tongue.

Not on this day. No talk of budgets, the economy, murder, Tasers, taxes, dog-attacking coyotes and, yes, a ridiculous new $300 provincial home emissions charge.

We'll slam on about all of that at a later time.


posted on February 25, 2009

Maple Leafs thrill fans at outdoor practice

Toronto Maple Leaf Jason Blake warms up before the
team's outdoor practice in High Park, Feb. 24, 2009.

Published: February 24, 2009
Source: The Star

Despite the wintry chill, the Toronto Maple Leafs received a warm welcome from a throng of school children watching the NHLers practice al fresco at the High Park hockey rink today.

The annual outdoor workout was part of the club's Hockey Rink Legacy Program which helps to fund repairs and renovations each winter to outdoor city hockey and figure skating facilities.



posted on February 24, 2009


CBC NEWS: the fifth estate PRESENTS The Code FRIDAY, FEB. 27, AT 9 P.M. (9:30 NT), ON CBC-TV

December 12, 2008 is a day Mike Sanderson will never forget. Following a tussle with another player, Mike’s son, 21-year-old hockey player Don Sanderson, fell to the ice, hitting his head. After three weeks in a coma, Don Sanderson died. His death re-ignited a simmering debate – never far from the surface in this country – about fighting in hockey.

For those who know hockey best – the players and the coaches – the game, and the fighting, are governed by an unwritten law some insist makes the sport safer. They call it The Code and claim it's about pride, solidarity, even sportsmanship. The Code is often upheld by a player who is the biggest and the toughest – the enforcer – whose talent on the ice lies not in scoring goals, but in protecting his teammates and exacting revenge on an opponent who dares to take a shot at his team’s star player.

In this week’s episode of the fifth estate you will meet some of the men who, for better or worse, have lived by The Code. Reporter Bob McKeown interviews players, hockey officials and sports commentators, including Don Cherry and Bob McCown, in this in-depth look at both sides of the debate.

Former NHLers Nick Kypreos and Marty McSorley re-live their experience of The Code and how it ended their hockey careers, but for very different reasons. Viewers will hear from the NHL’s current “heavyweight champion”, Montreal Canadiens’ Georges Laraque as well as Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

And the fifth estate also talks to Mike Sanderson, who lost his son to The Code, and for whom this is no debate at all, but a very personal tragedy.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is David Studer. Senior producer is Sally Reardon. CBC Newsworld rebroadcasts the fifth estate on Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Sundays at 7 p.m. ET.

For more information on the fifth estate, visit their website at

posted on January 26, 2009

Some light amid the darkness

By: Joe Fiorito
Published: January 26, 2009
Source: The Star

Here's why I love Parkdale: After the 24-hour blackout 10 days ago, we called the expensive suits to account. The suits, from Hydro One and Toronto Hydro, are the ones who failed us.

The suits were gracious and apologetic, and even brought a chart explaining how things went wrong. Here – heavy on the how, and light on the why – is what they told us:



posted on January 25, 2009

Is the Icecat a dog?

Published: January 24, 2009
Source: The Globe and Mail

It's usually a time for stretching and banter, but the players in a men's shinny league at a downtown arena broke from their pregame routine last Tuesday evening to admire an unfamiliar contraption flooding the ice.

Resembling a bulked-up bobsled, the brand-new Icecat resurfacer purred quietly as it tooled around Bill Bolton Arena in Seaton Village. Unlike conventional resurfacers - the best-known of which are made by Zamboni, the iconic California company - the Finnish-made Icecat runs on batteries instead of propane, and thus gives off no exhaust.


posted on January 25, 2009

The evolution of the fight

By: Joe O’Connor
Published: Friday, January 23, 2009
Source: National Post

An old friend of his was in town, and the plan was to get together for lunch, get caught up on some news and share a few laughs about the old days in Kirkland Lake. The northern Ontario town is where the journey started for Dick Duff, the former Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens hand, who won six Stanley Cups in a career that stretched from 1954 - 1972, and that was capped by his induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

The 72-year-old said he only had "few minutes" to speak with a reporter, because he did not want to keep his friend waiting. But the thing about Duff is, once he gets talking, and gets all riled up over something, well then, the words just keep on tumbling out. Fighting is a subject that turns the tap. Hell, Duff is an old timer, a veteran of the wars of the Original Six era, but when he is watching a game on television now, and two goons drop their gloves and doff their helmets and start trading punches at centre ice, he shakes his head in disgust.


posted on January 24, 2009

Skating on natural ice a winter wonder

By: Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Published: January 23, 2009
Source: National Post

When the temperature drops, some people curse.

On Toronto Island, they cheer. "There's something about skating on natural ice that's very different from skating circles on a rink," says Kathleen McDonnell, an author who has lived with her family on Wards Island since 1982.

Ms. McDonnell led photographer Aaron Lynett and I from her family's cozy cottage through well-trod paths of snow. We stepped off the shore and skipped around the bow of a boat encased in ice. Off the shore of Algonquin Island there spread before us Toronto's most glorious rink.


posted on January 05, 2009

Toronto, grab your shovels

By: Peter Kuitenbrouwer
Published: January 04, 2009
Source: National Post

This morning at 10 a.m. I became the first person of the season, as far as I know, to skate on Grenadier Pond. Every year I watch the thermometer, waiting for the conditions to be right. When the temperature drops, and others curse, I cheer, because the pond is freezing up! Just before Christmas the kids and I went to check on it: we stood on the little deck that overlooks the pond, peeled small sheets of ice off the wood planks and skittered them across its frozen surface. It looked frozen. But I put the tip of my boot on the ice at the edge and I plunged through. So we waited.

But with the cold snap we've had since the new year, I had a feeling the pond would be okay. In the quiet still of the morning, having parked by the Colbourne Lodge, I slid down the hill through the woods, dampening the seat of my jeans, to reach the shore. I looked. About 5 cm of powdery snow covers the pond. In the snow I saw dog prints and, more promising, the tracks of a cross-country skier. I laced up my CCMs and took off the skate guards. And I took the plunge. Read more >>

posted on December 09, 2008

Outdoor rinks to stay open until mid-March

By: Paul Moloney
Published: Dec 04, 2008
Source: The Star

Toronto will keep 14 of its 49 artificial ice rinks open the first two weeks of March, weather permitting, city council decided yesterday.

Unfortunately, March break begins March 16, the day after the rinks close, but the weather is too iffy to stay open later, said Councillor Paula Fletcher, chair of the parks and environment committee.


posted on January 04, 2009

Return of the ice finks

Published: 15th November 2008
Source: Toronto Sun

Toronto outdoor skating rinks are going to shut down just in time for March Break.

City council voted yesterday to keep the rinks open for the first two weeks of March but because the spring school break starts on the third week, Toronto kids are losing their holiday ice time.

Fourteen of Toronto's 49 outdoor rinks will stay open until Sunday March 15, council decided.

The next day, the city's high school and elementary students begin their March Break, a full week later than in previous years.


"It's unfortunate the calendar worked out that way, it really is," Councillor Bryan Ashton said.


posted on October 21, 2008

Bodychecking and concussions in ice hockey: Should our youth pay the price?

By: Anthony Marchie and Michael D. Cusimano
Published: July 22, 2003
Source: CMAJ

Mr. Marchie and Dr. Cusimano are with the Division of Neurosurgery and the Injury Prevention Research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. Dr. Cusimano is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Neurosurgery and Mr. Marchie is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Toronto.

Correspondence to: Dr. Michael D. Cusimano, Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, 38 Shuter St., Toronto ON M5B 1AG; [email protected] or [email protected] Ice hockey, considered Canada's national sport, has more than 500 000 registered players,1 many of whom aspire to play in the National Hockey League (NHL).

With the drive to win at any cost permeating the game, it is not surprising that aggression is a commonly used tactic and has helped to turn hockey into a collision sport.2 Nor is it surprising that youth often idolize and emulate the professional enforcers who protect their team's leading scorers.3


posted on October 21, 2008

The avoidability of head and neck injuries in ice hockey: an historical review

By: N Biasca1, S Wirth2, Y Tegner3
Published: 2002
Source: BJSM

1 Head of Orthopaedic Surgery and Co-Head of Trauma Surgery, Spital Oberengadin, CH-7503 Samedan (St Moritz), Switzerland
2 Orthopaedic Clinic, Spital Oberengadin
3 Winternet, Institution of Health Sciences, Luleå University of Technology, Hedenbrovägen, Boden and The Ermine Clinic, Timmermansgatan 60, SE-972 33 Luleå, Sweden

Correspondence to: Dr Biasca, Head of Orthopaedic Surgery, Co-Head of Trauma Surgery, Spital Oberengadin, CH-7503 Samedan, Switzerland Accepted 26 March 2002


The number of minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI), cerebral concussions, is increasing and cannot be eliminated by any kind of equipment. Prevention strategies, such as the introduction of "checking from behind" rules have become effective in decreasing the number of severe spinal injuries. A new "head checking" rule should reduce mTBI in the same way in the following years. Mouthguards should be mandatory as an effective device for the prevention of dental and orofacial injuries, as well as reducing the incidence and severity of mTBI. A new internet database system, the International Sports Injury System (ISIS) should improve epidemiological analysis of head, face, and spinal injuries worldwide. ISIS should provide an internationally compatible system for continuous monitoring of risk factors, protective effects of equipment, and protective effects of equipment and effects of changes in rules through the years.


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