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    Living Room Synthetic Ice Rink is a "Reality" hit

    Living Room Synthetic Ice Rink is a "Reality" hit

    April and Davey Family Vlog

    Family vloggers "April and Davey" have been inviting followers to share in their everyday lives documenting their journey along the way on thier popular YouTube channel. Together with their five children (Zade 12, Daisy10, Ambree 7, Ender 5 & Eb 2) the Lehi, Utah natives have been "keeping it real" in sharing their family life experiences and everyday trials and tribulations.

    Backyard Ice Rink Project

    In December of 2016 the family decided to start their own backyard ice rink
    Living room ice rinkproject with some wood framing, tarp and the help of mother nature. Throughout multiple vlogs April and Davey captured the challenges of what it's like to create and maintain a home ice rink including making sure NOT to store the hose outside in the cold weather. The family rink vlog caught the eye of the people at PolyGlide Synthetic Ice who recently reached out to the Orgill family to offer a year-round solution to fullfill their ice skating needs.

    Living Room Rink

    polyglide synthetic iceThe family was sent 128 square feet of the PolyGlide Home Ice portable 2ft x 4ft panels which when assembled created a 8ft x 16ft ice rink. Davey Orgill documented the installation which was completed in the family living room in just under an hour prior to the kids returning home from school. Needless to say once the kids returned home from school the look of dismay on their faces was priceless when they gazed their eyes on their new home rink. The afternoon quickly morphed into a family public ice session that included Mom donning her figure skating attire, Ender honing his ice hockey skills and Dad capping-off the day by showing off his "spinderella" break dancing moves.

    Check out April and Daveys video link above for a special PolyGlide Ice discount offer. For additional information on Polyglide Ice and how you can "Bring the Rink Home" contact or click here for a quote:

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    Ladies and Gentlemen....The Stanley Sock!

    sockey logo

    ice hockey benderThere are a plenty of Hockey fans out there that love the sport but are total "benders" when it comes to ice skating nor do they have any desire or time to improve on this skill. They are the Kings and Queens of the deck hockey world and would like to keep it that way. But there is a new sport rising out of the depths of the knee hockey world that may challenge those deck hockey enthusiasts.......introducing SOCKEY!!! 

    sockey logoAs explained in Sockey is an Elementary-level indoor co-ed activity created to learn the game of hockey, exercise, and have fun! It is a safe variant of hockey played in a gymnasium with sock-covered hockey sticks, soft indoor hockey balls, and players wear sneakers instead of skates! What sets our program apart from others is our philosophy. We believe in an overall sense of community for everyone involved: participation in charitable events, financial support for students and teachers, convenience for parents, and fun & exercise for all!

    nylon sockWell it is our job here at to keep our readers and followers informed about what appears to be brewing out there in the deep dark depths of hockeyland that is slowly emerging as a trend. It appears a hydrid version of Sockey meets Knee Hockey is forming that involves the use of a synthetic ice panels and you guessed it.......SOCKS!! Players emulate the ice-skating motion while playing their favorite sport (less the bent ankles) on a slippery synthetic ice surface..... thus a true, "pure" version of Sockey!

    The sock itself has been relocated from the stick blade back to the foot of whichhockey slip and slide we've been told nylon works best. The results are one giant slip and slide mess (without the water) of incredible hockey fun for kids of all ages that brings a lot of great plays between the giggles. Just imagine being on a slippery break away and being taken out by your own ill-timed deke. We can see how this sport is starting to gain momentum as there's something really funny about a bunch of unstable-footed athletes (or adults) taking themselves too seriously.

    the stanley sockSo if you have the guts and are crazy enough to try something new Sockey awaits you!  Start out by waxing the hardwood floors and grab a pair of your holely nylon socks in the back of your draw that hasn't seen the daylight in fifteen years. Work your way up to form your own Sockey league, recruit only the best scouted talent and maybe.... just maybe you and your Sockey comrades will raise.....

    (well timed pause).....The Stanley Sock!!



    - Jim Loughran, PolyGlide Ice

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    Pass the Ice and Turn Up the Heat

    cold weather hockey

    With the recent arctic cold snap needless to say there were a lot of cautious parents  out there worried about their kids getting frostbite after spending 15 minutes in the sub-arctic temperature. Though the conditions may have been ideal for ice-making skin exposure became a real issue for even the most purest of hockey players. With temperatures reaching dangerous levels needless to say staying indoors quickly became a priority. You know it's really getting crazy when northern Florida starts getting snow flurries and driving conditions throughout the USA became a total mess from coast to coast.

    Turn up the heat

    Creating a home ice skating rink indoors was never much of an option In the old days but
    not anymore. Today's modern day synthetic ice offers a viable solution to those who prefer to leave the wind chill where it belongs…. Outside! It's also a great way to keep the sniffles away by working out in a controlled environment. Hockey players and figure skaters have been taking advantage of this new-age product more more with each passing season as the quality has improved dramatically over the years. 

    Car Time Share

    Garage synthetic ice rinks have been popping up throughout the US as an ideal space that can be utilized for an indoor rink. A typical single garage area measures roughly 12' x 20' and allows plenty of room for skaters to pivot and turn and work on their inside and outside edges. For figure skaters it's a great place to work on their spins and skating routine. Hockey players have enough space to hone their deking and stick-handling skills along with strengthening their stride.

    Put the hose Away

    The thought of not having to worry about your hose freezing up for once is one of the
    many advantages to owning your own synthetic ice rink. Those who reside in warm climate areas can have a little bit of Canada in their backyard which will only continue to help grow the game of hockey in areas where it's not quite as popular. Figure skaters could take lessons at home on their own time without having to run back-and-forth to the rink.

    Practical Ice Solutions

    I think if we could all paint the perfect picture we would all own a natural ice rink in our backyard under ideal weather conditions year-round but it ain't gonna happen. The fact is there are now other options that make perfect sense and can achieve the same results in the comfort of your own home. We no longer have to be prisoners of the ice arena in deciding when or where our next ice session will be. The fact is It's easier now more than ever to bring the rink home!

    Winter March To Curling Mania

    Jim Loughran PolyGlide Ice

    polyglide-pro-curlWInter Olympics fever will soon be marching into our television sets as it always does every 4-years without fail. Once again you can count on the mesmerizing captivation of the always fun to watch game of curling. What is it about this sport/game that has us glued to our sets watching rolling granite stones and hyperactive "broomsters" working the ice like a well-oiled machine?

    Perhaps it's the welcome pause that's required when we put down our cell phones for more than three minutes between tweets and Likes to watch people actually doing stuff. Just when you're ready to check your text messages another stone is hurled and nothing becomes more important to the eye than watching the heavy granite rock crawl over the pebbled ice to a peacefull rest......Ooh Curling!

    As the games are played folks will learn terms like House, Button, End, Broom, usa-curling-teamHammerHacks and Hog Lines......(and we all know we will need to learn them all over again four years later...:-) It doesn't seem to matter though as Curling does a great job in bringing us back to our past when active gaming was the norm and sharing actually meant giving something to someone.

    In the meantime we can take solace in knowing that we can always count on getting our fill of this "cool" Olympic sport/game every few years and be happy to be a spectator. Though it would be fun to just once be able to take part in the yelling as the broomster steers the Rock...."HARD!....HARD!...HARD!"

    The world could use a little more Winter Olympics and a lot more Curling!