The Icemen (and woman) Cometh - AGAIN!

Take 2, for the hockey ice in the main arena of Cincinnati Gardens, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Ike!  The Blackout 2008, left the Cincinnati Gardens without electricity for three days, causing the just-made ice, to melt into a pool of white mush. 

 

 making of hockey ice at Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

           Before ice                                       Half way home                    And then there was hockey ice

 

Just over a week after the ice was made to signal the start of another season of hockey at venerable Cincinnati Gardens, along came Ike.  That would be the remnants from the deadly and devastating Hurricane Ike, that ravaged through the Gulf Coast of Texas, all but destroying Galveston, just south of Houston.  That same storm blew literally and physically through Cincinnati on Sunday, September 14, 2008, packing wind gusts in some parts of town at more than 80 mph - hurricane force winds in the Tristate.  Those winds downed trees, roof tops and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark for days and up to a week in some cases.  That same power outage, called the Blackout 2008, also left the Cincinnati Gardens without electricity for three days, causing the just-made ice, to melt into a pool of white mush. 

On Friday, September 19, the Gardens crew led by Director of the Skating Center Mike Reeder, along with Jerry Henderson, Ted Pritchard, Eddie Pritchard, Rusty Henderson, Nate Schlueter and Carol Ladwig , began the task of rebuilding the ice.  The project was expected to take around four days, allowing the displaced kids from the Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) to again hit the ice, hopefully as soon as Tuesday, September 23; a week and two days after the Cincinnati portion of Ike. 

While being somewhat inconvenienced for a few days, everyone with Cincinnati Gardens is quite aware of how much worse Ike could have been individually and was, for everyone in Galveston and beyond.  For everyone who experienced loss of property and even worse, life, the thoughts and prayers of the staff and family of the Cincinnati Gardens, are with you!  We will be operating at full capacity soon.  We hope they will be as well!

 

2008-09-20

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