Gretzky, games delayed at World Pond Hockey Championships
Ice storm ground 99's flight, rain soaks the rinks, but organizers hope to be ready Friday morning
The weather is doing its best to try to disrupt the World Pond Hockey Championship in Plaster Rock, but organizers say they can get back on schedule by Friday morning.
Even the guest of honour is doing his part to make the event a success.
Wayne Gretzky was scheduled to drop the puck at the official opening ceremonies Thursday evening, but bad weather from the ice storm grounded his flight.
The first round of games has been postponed until 9 a.m. Friday, at which time they hope to have the ice surfaces ready.
Getting the ice in game shape has proved a monumental task for the volunteers thanks to the rain and warm temperatures.
Crews are working non-stop to scoop, pump and shovel off the rinks.
Founder Danny Braun sent a Facebook message to update teams and fans.
The tournament features 97 different teams, from all over Canada and the U.S., and as far away as Europe and Grand Cayman Island.