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Lake's hockey team will get a taste of what it's like to play a game outdoors.
"We have never had to put out a clock and have officials at the rink," said Darlene Herwat, a City of Toledo employee who runs the runk at Ottawa Park. "An Ottawa Hills parent, Jeff Deckebach, rented the rink. He said he was interested in having a game. Ottawa Hills has practice there during Christmas break to get some ice time. He rented three dates and said he was interested in having a game, and the rest grew from there."
"We're real excited about it," Herwat said. "BCSN is coming over to work out the logistics and decide if they are able to do it. I think it's going to be a good thing."
"We expanded the pad this year," Herwat said. "It's a foot wider and a foot longer. Now our play area between the dasher boards are regulation. There will be three sets of bleachers and we're letting (fans) stand all the way around the rink, but not behind the players' benches."
Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. The City of Toledo will receive the money from the concession stand.
"Whenever we play Ottawa Hills, it's a pretty fun time," Lake coach Craig Horvath said. "With the parents, there's nobody yelling in the stands, and Ottawa Hills has a good coaching staff. I have some good friends who play with me in a Sunday morning league. We were talking about the game and Jeff Deckebach calls me and says, 'What about an outside game?' I said, 'Absolutely. That's a great idea.'
"He told me the City lined up some seating and we were going to pitch it that way and do it together. We decided to get BCSN involved in it. He said what if we play for a Cup every year. I said to him (Monday) night, 'How about the Winter Cup?' We have a week to come up with a Cup.
e want to try to do it every year."
Lake and Ottawa Hills play each other twice a year as Blue Division rivals, but the Feb. 9 game will be an exhibition.
Horvath said the Lake players are excited about playing outdoors, especially after watching the NHL's outdoor game on Jan. 1 between Detroit and Chicago at Wrigley Field.