I subscribed to the school of thought "he who has the biggest backyard rink when he dies, wins"
I toiled for months at the end of summer, and the beginning of fall. I had to make 32 pieces of 4X8 plywood boards and attach them together to form the basis of the boards, and then attach 4 foot high snow fencing to act as the plexiglass to keep pucks in, and degenerates out... ;)
Add to the fact, that my friend Andrew installed 12,000 watts of lighting for night games. We could play all night, and it was bright as day. I even had a Hockey Day in Canada tournament there where Mark Osborne and the late Peter Zezel showed up to raise money for HMI.
Sometimes, on a really cold day, I would just go on the back porch with a drink in hand, and turn on the lights just to look at it. It was like Field of Dreams for Canadians. It was such a beautiful feeling.
Sure, it was a lot of hard work, and the weather often didn't co-operate, but it was a great way to spend a winter in Canada...
And if you want to see more fun, check out our youtube clip. Thanks to BK for filming this for us!!