The extreme cold gripping the entire country is even affecting one of Canada’s popular winter past times — hockey.
Temperatures were so cold in Ottawa Wednesday that an international youth hockey tournament had to cancel its use of the Canada 150 outdoor rink on Parliament Hill.
Bell Capital Cup said the ice became a safety concern and moved the games indoors.
The decision was a bit disappointing for the Saskatoon Comet Storm who were scheduled to play on the outdoor rink Thursday morning in their tournament opener against Alberta.
Head coach David Crowell told the Brent Loucks Show that while the girls were looking forward to the outdoor game, safety is more important.
“We’re going to get our opportunity to get out there and skate on the hill and have the chance to take photos without injuring one of the girls,” Crowell said.
Young hockey players from Canada, the U.S. and around the world are in Ottawa for the 19th annual tournament.
The Comets were chosen to represent Saskatchewan in a special Canada 150 division by the Ottawa International Hockey Festival.
The Comets, along with other selected teams, received round-trip travel to and from Ottawa and free accommodations.
Crowell said they are taking full advantage by visiting as many sites as they can between games.
“In Saskatchewan, you take a special trip to go to Batoche, you take a special trip to go to Fort Carlton. Here, you’re driving down the street and you’re passing history every single time you turn around.”
Saskatchewan takes on Yukon Thursday afternoon before wrapping up the round robin Friday morning against Quebec.