Rink revival in Carbonear
Heber McGurk of Carbonear has hand-crafted a model replica of the ice rink that once served as a hockey hotbed for Conception Bay North. The 80-year-old retiree once toiled as a “rink rat” at the Jubilee Rink, which opened in Carbonear in the 1930s and closed in the 1950s. It has been described as the only covered ice rink in Conception Bay at the time. McGurk has many fond memories of the building, and shared some of them in a article submitted to The Compass in January 2011. The Jubilee was constructed by Billy Howell and family, featured a natural ice surface (weather permitting), and attracted teams from throughout the region. It was also home to many other activities and events, including a large pro-Confederation rally hosted by former premier Joey Smallwood. The building was demolished in the 1950s, not long after a new arena opened in Harbour Grace with artificial icemaking capacity. McGurk said many younger folks were not aware that such a rink existed, and he became determined to change that. Beginning in February, he started crafting a wooden replica, with the design based on his own memories and some of the few photos available. Here are some images of his creation.
A wider view of the playing surface.
Heber McGurk proudly displays his hand-crafted creation.
The door used by “rink rats” to remove freshly scraped snow from the ice surface.
Hockey net and end boards.
Players’ benches and a penalty box.
Theatre-style seating for spectators.
A well at one end of the rink was used to flood the ice surface.
Dressing rooms heated with woodstoves.