Watching football teams play in snowy weather is common this time of year. Occasionally, a few snow flurries fly when baseball teams play in April or in the postseason. But what about hockey, a game usually played indoors in climate controlled buildings?
The Hagerstown Jr. Bulldogs played an outdoor game against Chevy Chase this past weekend. There was snow in the forecast, and the players enjoyed a taste of winter during their game.
The team lost the game, but still had fun playing outdoors. There are very few outdoor rinks in this part of the country. Outdoor lights lit the surface as snow flurries came down on the ice. They players clearly enjoyed the atmosphere. "Playing an outdoor game in the snow was a lot of fun," said Taylor, a forward on the team. "Our team played well. We even had a couple snowball fights on the bench!"
The rink plans to continue with the Jr. Bulldog program and compete in the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL) next season. The plan is to field U10, U12 and U14 teams. If you are interested in participating, registration will open after this season ends in April. For those just looking to get started, our next session of Youth Rec league starts January 6. Players participating in this program will have a change to join the in-house teams playing in the CCHL. Check the front page of our website for more details about registering for January sessions.