Cross-border shopping for ice time

An Ottawa minor hockey group is travelling across the edge to get a bargain on cheap, premium ice time following a shortage of rink space in the nation’s capital.

On Saturday, the West End Wolverines Minor Atoms travelled to Ogdensburg, New York, about one hour south of Ottawa.

There, the 10-year-olds obtain two hours on the ice during peak time — 1 p. m. on the Saturday afternoo — for less than half the price of an Ottawa rink.

“I suggest, we’re not going to do it each weekend, but I think we are going to do it again, ” mentioned team coach Hugh Gorman.

“It’s a quick short drive. Thought we’d make a bit of a road trip from it for the boys, ” mentioned Gorman. “They think it’s kind of cool to come plus play hockey in the States. ”

The maximum times for practice ice are early evenings throughout the week and afternoons on weekends. With less minor hockey in New York, ice is often available and at the fraction of the cost.

Ice time typically expenses $168/hour in the Ottawa area compared to $80/hour in Ogdensburg, New York.

“It is taking a day, this is a big chunk of time, ” said parent Dan St . Cyr, who drove a few members of the team straight down. But even with travel expenses — gas and food — it is still one of the most cost-effective option.

“Going through customs had been easy too. It was quite the breeze, ” mentioned St . Cyr. “It’s thrilling for [the kids]. That is a road trip and they like it. inch

The team has already booked three more methods across the border.