Pond Hockey in Canadian Winter

Canadians are known for their love of hockey. We have many friends who are serious hockey parents, but for some reason, our boys have always preferred a game of pick up hockey on a winter pond than anything more formal than that.

LINDA COTE-Skating MountainsIn Canmore, we can certainly oblige with that!

We have many winter months of temperatures cold enough to freeze a pond (and other things!) and we are often lucky enough to be able to skate on a frozen winter lake, too.

This is the inspiration behind my latest print “Pond Hockey”: both the current fun of playing this all-too-Canadian sport outside, and my memories growing up with three brothers who — when they were short a player — would invite their sister in to fill out a team on ice.

LINDA COTE-Skate Lake LouiseThe annual Ice Magic Festival at Lake Louise, Alberta includes elaborate ice creations (like this castle!) and they clear a good portion of the lake for skating, and of course, hockey.

LINDA COTE-Hockey Lake Louise

This has to be one of the most stunning ice hockey rinks in all of Alberta: at Lake Louise. The mountain and glacier views make this an amazing place to skate!

LINDA COTE-Hocky on the pondOur own Canmore skating pond is a lovely rink in the heart of downtown with a fantastic view of Three Sisters mountain. This rink is very popular for skating, ice hockey and special events in town (like “Skate with Santa”). As soon as possible each year, our local Parks Department starts flooding and managing the surface of the rink (sometimes with the big hose from the fire department!).

LINDA COTE-Hockey CanmoreWe have several outdoor rinks in Canmore, but this is a great one because it’s perfect for all ages, and big enough so the hockey players can skate and shoot with abandon and not worry about crashing into little beginner skaters. It’s also patched daily (so few awkward trips) and flooded with the resurfacer 3-5 times a week.

LINDA COTE-Pond Hockey bootsSince there are no formal hockey nets on the pond, the kids get creative. I love the way boots become goal posts (you’ll see this in my final print, too).

LINDA COTE-Hockey Canmore2Sometimes, if my young boys get out of the house without boots (heaven forbid!!) then sneakers will work as goal posts, too. It looks like this goal was set up by my youngest son to make it extra hard to score!

LINDA COTE-Pond Hockey CanmoreHere, there are lots of players to weave around on this game of pick up. See if you can spot the models for my print.

LINDA COTE-Hockey blockThe block starts with a drawing on tissue paper that is then transferred to the block.

LINDA COTE-Hockey carvingThe block is carved, with quite a lot removed for the ice surface. I use a combination of my three favorite tools: a #1 and #2 v-tool for outlining and small details, and a #3 gouge for removing the larger sections of the block.

LINDA COTE-Hockey block carvedThe carved block just prior to printing.

LINDA COTE-Hockey block inked

The inked block, ready for the first test print to be hand-pulled.

LINDA COTE-pulling print

Hand-pulling a print from the block … the most exciting step!

LINDA COTE-Hockey printThe block, and it’s print.

LINDA COTE-Pond HockeyPond Hockey“: One-color limited edition print, size 3.5″ x 8.25”. This is the second print in my “Canadian Winter” series, with the first being about finding that “perfect tree“.

I will end with one final photo, wishing you all a very happy holiday from skating Santa and my son!

LINDA COTE-Skate with Santa

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