Nobody kept score after the first half-dozen goals or so, but everybody was counting the smiles before, during and after the first-ever (first annual?) “Celebrity Shinny” match at the Sorauren Rink Feb. 2. The mighty red team from The West End Phoenix stared down the home-town Sorauren Hosers All-Stars sporting their blue tops.
The all-ages game went two hours in perfect conditions (just before the thaw that has closed the rink until further notice).
Staff and friends from publisher Dave Bidini’s local independent newspaper were fended off by Hosers including Arif Virani, MP Parkdale-High Park, and ringer Emily in goal. Volunteer Hosers who build and maintain the rink, led by Joël Campbell, chair of Friends of Sorauren Park, demonstrated the speediness, poise and puck-handling for which they are, uh, renowned.
Officials kept trash talk to a minimum and there were no penalty minutes.
Snacks by Scott Mifflin and main photography by Susan Peschken, thanks both!
The two non-profits depend on community support to serve residents. Subscribe for home delivery of the monthly West End Phoenix, devoted to telling the stories of our diverse, compelling and quickly evolving west-end neighbourhoods including Roncy, Parkdale, Brockton, High Park and beyond. Friends of Sorauren Park relies on volunteers and supporters to promote the enjoyment and completion of Sorauren Park.
The rink should open again as soon as the weather improves with a return to below-zero temperatures. Watch for updates on SoraurenPark social media.