If you could distill hockey down to its pure essence and pour it into a video, the one at the bottom of this post is what you’d get. And, the fact that The Tragically Hip’s “Wheat Kings” adds an extra element of Canadiana seems sort of fitting in that regard.

It was uploaded to Youtube in October, but being that I just found it and think it’s wonderful, I felt the need to run it today. The video explained:

Every January a group of friends go from the city to 8 hours north, to Green Lake, BC, Canada. Their mission, to build a full size hockey rink from the frozen lake and make hockey happen.

It takes several trips up north to prep the ice for this week. A snowplow scrapes the surface, and when it’s cold enough, the ice is flooded to smooth the surface. Even though the ice is softer and more susceptible to damage, the backdrop of a wide open space and crisp air is undeniably one of the best feelings in the world. I can’t wait for next January.

Here’s ”Make Hockey Happen,” uploaded by driftwoodfilm.

Now that’s for the love of the game.

Comments (8)

  1. I got a “Canucks jersey bingo” in the first three minutes.

  2. doing it this weekend. Clear Lake Cup 5th annual Tourney fingers crossed for the minus weather.

  3. This video and that black ice one, really makes me want to move to Canada.

  4. great video….i am canadian!

  5. Tremendous. But they couldn’t toss their goalie buddy a bone by showing ONE save? I mean, he had to have one in there somewhere, right?

    Extremely cool nevertheless. May you never have floods of dumb Yankee tourists such as me.

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  7. Awesome post , I’m going to spend far more time researching this topic

  8. Version II is now available MAKE HOCKEY HAPPEN open ice”. A follow up to the Canadian Dream road trip experience. Its on YouTube.

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