BELVIDERE, Ill.—For the young hockey players working up a sweat despite a 20-degree chill Wednesday night, skating on an outdoor rink at Doty Park was more than just a novelty.
It’s been a necessity. With Edwards Ice Arena closed due to COVID-19, the Beloit Memorial High School players have hunted for ice time wherever they can find it.
“It’s been a blast practicing out there,” senior goaltender Aidan Wright said. “It brings back memories of the morning practices we used to have when it’s freezing. It does take a toll on you, but as long as we’re playing, I guess everyone is happy.”