Global warming could spell the end of Canada’s outdoor hockey rink

National Post | News

By Randy Boswell

A team of Canadian climate scientists is predicting the widespread disappearance of outdoor hockey rinks across the country in the next 50 years due to global warming — with some regions of the sport’s spiritual birthplace likely to witness an even earlier eclipse of old-time shinny on natural ice.

“The ability to skate and play hockey outdoors is a critical component of Canadian identity and culture,” three researchers from Montreal’s McGill and Concordia universities write in the latest issue of the U.K.-based scholarly journal Environmental Research Letters.

“Wayne Gretzky learned to skate on a backyard skating rink; our results imply that such opportunities may not be available to future generations of Canadian children.”

[np-related]

The scientists — Nikolay Damyanov and Lawrence Mysak of McGill and Concordia’s Damon Matthews — tracked historical temperature trends recorded since 1951 at 142 meteorological stations in every corner of the country.

They…

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