As featured in the New York Times, on Sunday, December 5th, 2015
This is a story that starts with failure, but ends in a spectacular, high altitude, high level game of hockey played in the mountains of British Columbia.
In November, 2015 conditions were perfect for a mountain top, ice rink at 5,300' in the BC Mountains. A few friends and I spent 2 days shovelling the rink in Thomas Crater, in Golden Ears Provincial Park. This is what it looked like at the end of day #2 of shovelling.
(photo courtesy of https://www.instagram.com/househippomedia/)
On day 3, I returned with former NHL first round draft pick, Manny Malhotra to finish the rink and prepare it for the upcoming game. Sadly, we realized the weight of the snow we shovelled cracked the ice and water was flooding the corners and boards. We had to abandon the rink and start again.
Thankfully, Manny is a horse and single handedly cleared 70% of the new rink in one afternoon. (I should have brought my skates)
When I returned with a few friends on day 4, I realized the game was in jeopardy. More cracks had developed and rink #2 was also cracking and flooding. We needed to find a new location.
Thats when we found the perfect spot. Just 1 mile away, the wind ripped between the surrounding peaks and peeled 90% of the snow off a gorgeous lake. We did a little shovelling and flooding, and we were ready to go. I returned home at 5pm and started working on logistics.
I managed to get a few other helicopters from Sky Helicopter and my buddy Ed Russell (Skeeter) and they donated their time.
My buddy Jeff volunteered his kickass jet-boat and Inspire 1 quad-copter for filming
The crew from Sugar Shark Productions who just returned from Mexico and filming the Baja-500 at midnight said they would rally and film.
My editor/filmer Levi Allen cleared his schedule and made himself available.
Please check out his amazing documentary "Untethered" about the growing Slackline community in BC.
Treven from HouseHippo Media came with his ronin, phantom and camera gear
Shayd Johnson came and did stills and videos
And then I started texting all the best players I know.
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