The fourth installment of the Frozen Apple did not disappoint! This year we returned to the outdoor venue at Lasker Rink in Central Park. The weather was cold and we had snow. This just added to the fun and our players loved it!
This year we took a break from the Mary v. Alice rivalry for a special Canada v. USA game. National pride was in full flare, even for those Americans who were Canadian for a day to balance out the teams. The game was lively and spirited. The battle raged back and forth and ultimately (and fittingly) ended in a 8-8 tie. This is the first tie in the history of the Lasker Cup! The Lasker Cup will be shared between Team Canada and Team USA – 6 months each.
We had a number of new players this year and a lot of returning veterans. It was great to see everyone playing hard and having fun. There was a fundraising sponsored shootout between the first and second period. Between the second and third period we were treated to a one on one match between George Vogrin and Norman Bellil, which was followed by an unplanned comical interlude by the resident Zamboni driver! I’ve never seen someone dump that much snow on the ice while doing a cut!
The game was followed by a great night out where everyone generously bought raffle tickets and won some fantastic prizes. When all was said and done, Frozen Apple IV raised $20,240 for IHIH this year! This is something we should all be proud of.
Thank you to all our sponsors, participants, fans and helpers! It is amazing how this event has grown and I can’t wait to see what we do next year! I’ve already got some ideas. Frozen Apple V here we come . . . .
Mike “Five Hole” Frimet