5:30 p.m., Feb. 13)
Old man winter puts deep freeze on Hockey Day in Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
from the Cardinal Creek Community Association
and the Sobeys store on Trim Road braved the
minus 22 degree weather on Saturday to take
part in Hockey Day in Orléans. Fred
Day in Orléans felt more like Hockey Day in Tuktoyaktuk
on Saturday as the mercury dropped to 26 degrees below
zero, forcing the organizers to cancel the children's
game and cut the adult game to just 10 minutes.
the windchill making it feel more like minus 40, it's
amazing anyone showed at all.
fact, Cardinal Creek Community Association president Sean
Crossan was hoping the team from Sobeys would take a pass
on the challenge game and hand the CCCA the win by forfeit.
the Sobeys crew began to show up despite the bone-chilling
cold, Crossan jumped on his cell phone to make sure the
community association team had enough players.
had to put out an all points bulletin there. It was touch
and go for awhile," said Crossan who did double duty
as the referee.
person who didn't suit up for the Sobeys team was store
owner Alan Forget who joined the other three fans on the
sidelines to cheer on the brave souls.
was going to play, but it's too cold, are you kidding
me," said Foget, who jokingly threatened his players
with unemployment if they didn't play. "I gave them
hand-warmers, how's that."
the eight players on the Sobeys team was store manager
Eric Foget, although his wife took a pass.
stayed home," said the younger Foget, clearly indicating
who has the brains in the family. "No, but we're
used to this good Canadian weather, and it's all for the
game was mercifully called after just 10 minutes and the
players quickly made a beeline to the heated trailer where
hot chocolate and warm pizza was waiting.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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