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.

Ticket booth.

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.

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