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A backyard hockey rink fit for the pros

Farah Dhalla, reporter
January 18, 2013 — A man in Leduc, Alberta built an ice rink in his backyard that looks like one the pros would use.

The rink has become a symbol of hockey pride for community
The rink has become a symbol of hockey pride for community

Lockout or no lockout Ė thereís always hockey at the Steele Centre.

Erron Steele is the man behind it all. Heís not a carpenter, but he has a huge passion for hockey.

It began with a small, man-made rink in his backyard. The kids got a big kick out of it, so he kept adding to it.

Erron says that when he was building the rink, he couldn't help but feel like Wayne Gretzyís dad at times.

But what does his wife Christa think of all this? ďHeís a little crazy," she says, laughing.

"Itís gotten bigger and bigger over the years. But truly, his passion is admirable. Iím very proud of him."

The Steele family sees a steady stream of neighbourhood kids all winter long. Erronís son is on the ice almost every day and itís no surprise that he dreams of becoming a NHL hockey player when he grows up.

For dad to help actualize his sonís dreams, he maintains the ice even when the conditions are bitter cold.

It would normally cost more than $10,000 to build a rink like the Steele's, but thanks to Erronís friends and his resourcefulness, he was able to build his rink without breaking the bank.

Now itís become a symbol of hockey pride for community.

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