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by Dave Bidini, The Toronto Star
Feb. 20, 2005
9:30 a.m., North Toronto Memorial Community Centre: There are a few more skaters here, their blades carving little smiles into the glassy ice. The scene isn't as still or as beautiful as Otter Creek, but the rink's west face backs onto a toboggan run framed by two great conifers jutting out of the hill. There are no hockey players — Sundays, it turns out, are shinnyless — but the pond is dotted with a few spinning kids playing at being Jamie Salé. Rather than sulk about the lack of pucks and goalies, I hide an arm behind my back and enjoy a twirl. Eventually, I retire to the change room inside the adjacent community centre to take off my skates, but then I smell it: chlorine. Summer. Green grass. Melting ice. I hurry to the next cold oval.
posted December 20, 2005