Holiday Gift Guide

Recently we put up a post in out Facebook community asking the members for their input on the best gifts to get for your backyard rink or your backyard rink maintainer. We had quite the collection of ideas. We compiled some of our favorites below.

Do you have other ideas? Make sure you send them over to us!

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Mad Bomber Hat

Nothing beats a nice warm hat! Many different variants of color.

Amazon: Mad Bomber Red Black Brown Plaid Wool Pilot Aviator Hat Faux Fur Trapper Hunting Cap, Large

Backyard Ice Rinks Gear

That’s right we have our own store with the BIR logo on various items. Support and promote the best group on Facebook!

Backyard Ice Rinks Store

2×4 Basics Bench Kit

This is a nice kit to help you quickly build benches. It allows you to build custom benches of any length depending on the lumber you buy. The lumber is not included.

Amazon: 2x4basics 90134ONLMI Custom AnySize Chair or Bench Ends, Sand (lumber not included, only supports)

NiceRink Resurfacer

There is nothing better than a fresh sheet of ice. The NiceRink Resurfacer makes ice like glass, in less time, less water and less hassle than just the hose. Thin controlled applications of water result in super smooth ice on any rink.

NiceRink 32″ NiceIce Resurfacer

Shovels

One of the key tools of the trade. For cleaning up around the rink. There are many different styles and preferences. Two of the most commonly recommended shovels are The Snowplow and the ManPlow.

Amazon: The Snowplow “the Original Snow Pusher” 36″ Wide Model 50536

Amazon: Manplow 42 Inch Revolution Snow Pusher with Grab Bar

Third Assist Gloves

Third Assist is the only maker of insulated hockey gloves on the market. Gloves are fully insulated throughout, except the front of the hand so the user can retain full control and feel of the stick- perfect for spending hours on the backyard rink or pond.

Third Assist Gloves

Hockey Sauce Kit

Nothing beats playing a game of sauce, especially on your backyard rink!

Use BACKYARDRINKS for 10% off!

hockeysaucekit.com

Skaboots

Skaboots aren’t “just skate guards.” They are the world’s first walkable skate guard. Much wider than typical skate guards, their boot-like soles provide amazing walking stability with excellent traction and mobility.

Skaboots.com

Sparx Sharpener

Skating on your backyard rink isn’t like skating on your regular indoor rink. You might need to sharpen more often. Lukily, the Sparx Sharpener delivers pro-level accuracy every single time and the all new, lightweight design allows you to sharpen anywhere, anytime – from your home to the rink.

Sparxhockey.com

Hot Hands Super Warmers

The long nights of rink maintenance can get cold very quickly! Nothing better than some added heat.

Amazon: HeatMax Hot Hands 2 Handwarmer (40 Pairs)

Weather Station

Knowing your local weather is super important to building a rink. This is a nice tool to add to your rink tool box.

Backyard Zamboni

Zamboni, everyone knows what it is, everyone wants to drive one, and everyone is facinated by it. Who doesn’t stop what they are doing when they are at the rink and watch it go around in amazement as it resurfaces the ice. It’s almost calming. However, people tend to call all ice resurfacers Zambonis and to be technical, Zamboni is a company and they make a ice resurfacer just like a handful of other companies, but the Zamboni Company was the first market with an ice resurfacer and was the most popular resurfacer that it became the name everyone knew and turned it into an adjective to refer to all resurfacers. Enough with the history, onto the fun stuff.

Who wouldn’t want one for their rink in their backyard or on their pond/lake. That got me thinking and perusing the internet to find some of most dedicate people out there creating amazing ice resurfacers aka Zambonis for their rinks. I did find an Instructable showing you how to make you own, how cool! And of course there are those people who take their rink to the next level and get themselves a real Zamboni for their rink. I hope some of these inspire you to do great things with your rink.

 

And of course we can’t talk about Zambonis without mentioning our favorite all hockey band The Zambonis. Enjoy this classic tune.

Build a PVC Skate Training Aide

Sure you can just give someone a plastic chair to hold on to while learning how to skate, but what’s the fun in that! Building a skate training aide is fairly simple and doesn’t take a lot to do it. I was reading through various sites gathering information on rink builds and the sorts, when I came across an article on the Popular Mechanics web site. They had a straight forward graphic to show the build. The nice aspect of this is it is fully customizable. Fit it out to the skater. If you use screws rather than cement you can always take it apart and fit it to someone else with some modifications. Their design was to use 2″ pipe, however, I wound up building mine using 1 1/2″ pipe.

Parts List:

  • 8 – 90-degree elbows
  • 2 – 90-degree Tee
  • Approximately 15 feet of pipe depending on your design
  • Sheet metal screws

Build an Official USPHC Pond Hockey Goal

When you are playing some shinny on your backyard rink or local pond you have to have a goal! Of course you could default to the old boots setup to make a goal, but why not throw together a pond hockey goal and make it official looking! I borrowed this from USPHC and am giving them full credit!

What You’ll Need

You probably have this stuff laying around the house, and if you don’t, a quick trip to your local home improvement mega-mart will net you all the supplies you’ll need. Lumber, 30-50 wood screws, a hand saw, along with a fully charged power screwdriver and you’ll have your very own “official” Labatt Blue U.S. Pond Hockey goal and all the pond-cred you can handle.

Shopping List

  • Power Screwdriver
  • Hand or circular saw
  • 30-50 wood screws
  • (1) 1/2″ – 72″ x 12″ sheet of plywood
  • (4) 72″ 2×6 boards

Step 1. Build the Goal Frame

Nothing too crazy here– we’re talking basic 2×6 construction.

  1. Start with a 72″ 2×6 board
  2. Attach a 24″ 2×6 board to each end as shown
  3. Reinforce both corners with 4″ 2×6 board piece
  4. Attach the “crossbar” (1/2″ – 72″ x 12″ sheet of plywood) across the top of the open end of the goal frame

Step 2. Build the “Goalie”

This is the guy that tries to come between your breakaway and sweet pond hockey glory! He may not be quick (or very mobile, for that matter), but he will stop all but the most perfect snipes, and is as unforgiving as your mother-in-law.

  1. Start with two 46″ 2×6 boards
  2. Insert three 8.5″ 2×6 boards in-between to create a reinforced box
  3. Admire the “goalie” you just created

Step 3. Attach the “Goalie” to the Crossbar

Here’s where it all comes together.

  1. Center your “goalie” on the crossbar and screw that guy in place
  2. The openings on each side of the “goalie” should be about 12″ across

Step 4: Enjoy!

Your project is not complete until you load up your newly constructed master-piece, head to the pond with your buddies and plaster your new goal with a plethora of rubber biscuits. Wear those puck scuffs with pride.