Many Canadians are starting to feel a hockey withdrawal and several people are eager to fill that void.
Chas Birkett, president of Rinkmaster.com says building a backyard rink can be the perfect solution.
"It's a great Canadian pass time. It's much better than having the kids on the couch watching TV, you can make a rink and get them outside."
According to Birkett, there's over 500,000 registered hockey participants in Canada, with thousands more participating in figure skating as well.
"So people spend a lot of time involved in these formal programs and then naturally, they want to be able to skate at home as well."
The key factor for a successful backyard rink? A frigid weather forecast.
Although different regions can dictate different weather, the general start times are consistent across the country.
"I need The Weather Network's 14 day graph to be low consistently," laughed Birkett. "We always look for some really deep freezes."
Birkett adds that it's rare to have a rink complete before Christmas.
"The colder the better. Two years ago was the first year we had a rink before Christmas in southern Ontario, but when you see that 14 day line go low for an extended period of time, that's a sign for us to put some water in and get going with it."
For those hoping to build their first backyard rink this year, Birkett says there's always one common mistake.
"The liner! I tried making one without a liner once, just compacting some snow and spraying it during the cold weather, but it's really critical to use a plastic rink liner because you need something that will retain the water and hold it while it freezes."
Birkett says a plastic rink liner will also hold the water in when there are fluctuating temperatures or even a thaw.
A few basic tips to get started:
"You'll be able to get your hockey fix right at home," says Birkett.
For more information on building your own rink, you can head to Rinkmaster.com.