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Pickup hockey played in the great outdoors

Paul Sharpe gets set to take a shot Saturday afternoon in Springhill. Many kids were on the ice, including his son Carter and, also, Trey Smith-Johnston, seen here chasing Paul down. Carter is first in line behind Paul and Trey is second.
Paul Sharpe gets set to take a shot Saturday afternoon in Springhill. Many kids were on the ice, including his son Carter and, also, Trey Smith-Johnston, seen here chasing Paul down. Carter is first in line behind Paul and Trey is second.

SPRINGHILL, N.S. – Kids, both young and old, are having fun on the outdoor rink in Springhill.

“I like playing hockey here. You can come out and do your own thing,” said Carter Sharpe Saturday afternoon.

Carter won a provincial championship with the 2016 Nova Scotia Under-11 AAA Truro Bearcats, but he doesn’t play organized hockey.

“It’s great for him to get out here and play hockey,” said Paul Sharpe, Carters dad. “It’s good for all the kids, and adults as well, to get out and get some exercise.”

Stetson Sullivan was playing hockey Saturday as well.

“Us kids can come out here whenever they want and you’re aloud to bring sticks and pucks. It’s a lot of fun.”

Trey Smith-Johnston was also playing hockey with Carter and Stetson Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a good place for kids who didn’t play in a league this year to come out and play hockey.”

Trey’s dad, Brian Johnston, says the rink is in very good shape.

“The ice surface is great and the rink is big enough so you can have hockey in one part and skating in the other or have a couple hockey games going at once.”

And he says the kids love it.

“You come out here after school and you have to drag the kids off the ice,” said Johnston.

Volunteers thanked

Both dads thank the volunteers for making the outdoor rink possible.

“Joel Stone, Tim Smith, the fire department and everybody else who helps out with the ice has done a great job,” said Johnston.

Paul Sharpe watches as (from left) Stetson Sullivan, Trey Smith-Johnston, and Carter Sharpe dig for the puck.
Paul Sharpe flashes up the wing with the puck while Brian Johnston chases him down.
A volunteer clears the ice of snow while people take a break.

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