Tips to help create a backyard hockey rink.

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Today I would like to talk about one of my favourite backyard projects, the outdoor hockey rink.  This  has been a staple in my life since I was a little boy.  I can remember helping my Dad and Brother to build our little DIY ice rink.   Now I have the pleasure of doing this project with my young hockey players.  This backyard project always provides my family, me  and my friends with endless hours of fun, memories and exercise.  Nothing beats skating around on an outdoor rink.  Over the 35 years I have been building these rinks a lot has changed.  Back in the 1970's-80's,  you could rely on Mother Nature to ensure a long cold winter so all you would need to do is pack down the snow, spray water and a few days later you would be skating.  Well as the times have changed so has the weather.  It is much more economical and reliable to DIY with a plastic liner to hold the water for those days when the temperatures get above zero.


Zuber Ice Hockey Rink

1.  Prepare the ground.  Try to ensure that the area you are going to make the rink on is level.  If not know the slope of the yard and the amount of drop that will occur from one end to the other.  This will prevent water from spilling over the base and not remaining in the liner.

2.  Bracing is required for the edges of the rink.  Place plywood sheets at the height you require.  Driving woods stakes into the ground and attaching to the plywood.   Ensure that you reinforce the joints of plywood and stakes so they do not split.  The water will create a lot of pressure so make sure to put in the extra bracing.

3.  Try to purchase a white liner sheet that is a couple feet bigger than the area of the rink.  This is required so that you can lay the liner over top of the plywood sheets.

4.  Lay the liner on the ground making sure that the liner is as flat as possible  smoothing the sheet and bringing it over the edge of the plywood.  Where you can attach it with a screw and washer.

5.  Once the liner is in place fill the area with water.  Make sure that you keep filling until the desired height is reached.  Failure to do so will or could result in the ice shifting and breaking a hole in the liner.

6.  Once the water is now in, it is time to wait for mother nature do do her thing.  Hope for cold weather.

7.  Once the ice is solid and you are able to skate on it.  Make sure that when you do a flooding (putting fresh water on the rink to make it smooth) that you do not over flood.  The trick is a little will do  a lot.  Too much water will create air pockets and make the ice layer brittle and will just peel off the next time someone skates.


Outdoor rink in March 2015

8. Enjoy the hockey rink and excerise.


An example of a dream backyard rink