Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, hockey players and skaters will be able to lace up their skates again after all.

Workers are now busy at the community's arena repairing damage caused by vandals in August.

"It's been a lot of work, it's been a lot of strain on my guys. It's also been a big headache, but you know, the guys have been working overtime and we hired three students to help out with the installation of the pipes. So a lot of work's been put into it, so we're hoping everything works out and we can start hockey as soon as possible," said David Clark.

The pipes were damaged when someone broke into the arena and drove the Zamboni around the ice-free floor.

The hamlet ordered replacement pipes and officials say if all goes well, hockey should begin at the end of October.