Puck picnic: Calgary Flames use in NYC’s Central Park
February 5, 2017 - Picnic Time
NEW YORK (AP) — Among all a joggers, dog walkers, bird watchers and families feeding a ducks in Central Park this weekend, Kris Versteeg and his out-of-town pals came for a picnic.
A puck picnic, that is.
Needing a purify piece of ice, a Calgary Flames hold a brisk, 90-minute use in a uninformed atmosphere Saturday. Framed by unit buildings along 110th Street and skyscrapers over Fifth Avenue, a visitors skated on a course in a north finish of a park, during a feet of Harlem.
“You’re so used to being in these large stadiums, large arenas, it’s good to come out here,” goaltender Chad Johnson said. “It only changes adult a environment, it arrange of recharges your batteries.”
“I grew adult in Calgary. You grow adult in a outdoors, it’s where we dream of arrange of personification in a NHL,” he said. “It brings behind memories of being a child and only going out and carrying fun, skating around with your friends … only being outside, that frail air.”
It was 26 degrees shortly after 11 a.m. when a Flames got off a group train in their full uniforms, carrying already dressed during a midtown Manhattan hotel. No need for a normal $7 movement let cost during Lasker Rink, a bar brought a own.
They laced adult their skates in a temporary storage room, nearby where small girls from a Figure Skating in Harlem module were arranging cupcakes, brownies and cookies for their Soul on Ice bake sale.
Shouts of “c’mon, boys!” and “c’mon, Moose!” reverberated around a play as manager Glen Gulutzan and his assistants kept it lively. The oft-heard sounds of barking dogs, military sirens and automobile horns transposed by a condense of skates, a clack-clack of sticks, a clank of pucks off goalposts.
Naturally, a steer of NHL players whirling around a course mostly assigned by toddlers drew undetermined looks.
“Is that an adult joining game?” a lady asked.
Saturday mornings during a course — it’s somewhat smaller than where a Flames play during home in a Saddledome — are customarily indifferent for movement lessons.
Later in a day, a aspect was opening for open skating. In a summer, it becomes a swimming pool.
About 100 fans watched from several spots. Some came wearing Flames jerseys, fervent to see their favorites. Others accidentally strolled by with their pets, popping in for a extraordinary glance.
“This is flattering amazing, a ice is amazing,” Versteeg said. “It’s always good to change things up.”
As for a cold, he pronounced his toes were OK. He felt a chill some-more with “the breeze in a ears.” A small eye-black did a pretence with glisten underneath balmy skies.
Versteeg scored a idea Friday night as a Flames won 4-3 in overtime during New Jersey. The Flames play a New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon during Madison Square Garden, where a New York Knicks hosted LeBron James and a Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
With no time for a morning movement before Sunday’s game, a Flames instead rode a train 2 1/2 miles into a woods for an off-day workout. The Winnipeg Jets, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers formerly used Lasker for practice.
When this event was over, core Sean Monahan acted for cinema on a ice with his mom and dad. They were in city from Brampton, Ontario, and saw him measure his team-leading 19th idea this weekend.
Spending a day in a park with his relatives was “pretty special,” a 22-year-old Monahan said.
“You grow adult as a kid, personification in a outdoor all a time via a winter, it’s good to get that feeling again,” he said.
Defenseman Dougie Hamilton captivated courtesy with his Flames weave cap. The players all got new ones progressing in a day, and Hamilton kept a cost tab attached.
“Decided to leave it on, see if we could let it wave in a breeze a little,” he said.
The Lemert family also wound adult with souvenirs.
Johnson autographed a puck for 9-year-old Caroline, who plays goalie on a girl team. Her 11-year-old brother, Julian, chased down a puck that deflected high over a protecting netting.
Mom Nancy left with a smashing winter memory, too, a close-up demeanour with her kids during real-life pros.
“It’s flattering exciting, we have to admit,” she said. “I consider I’m as vehement as they are.”