Cornwall Zamboni Arrives in Northern Community of Pond Inlet
Cornwall Ontario - Pond Inlet residents have an extra reason to be excited about the upcoming hockey season in their community.
A surplus City of Cornwall Zamboni recently arrived in the northern community of 1,600 via ship, much to the delight of the community members.
Tucked inside the hood of the Zamboni were some surplus hockey bags and various pieces of equipment from the Ontario Hockey Academy, as well as some T-shirts from Team Cornwall.
"When the Zamboni arrived, people of all ages came out to see the new addition to the community arena," said Robert Kavanaugh, an RCMP officer and community volunteer in Pond Inlet. "Everyone is excited that this hockey season will be that much better by having the Zamboni resurfacing the ice."
Cornwall City Council agreed to donate the surplus Zamboni to Pond Inlet in July after receiving a request from the community, which is located on the northeastern tip of Baffin Island in the Territory of Nunavut. The Zamboni was purchased in 1987, and it was originally slated to be disposed of later this year through a surplus equipment tender. Officials from Pond Inlet coordinated and covered all of the shipping arrangements.
"Cornwall is a caring and generous community, and this donation is yet another example of that," said Mayor Bob Kilger.
The donated Zamboni will improve access to organized hockey in Pond Inlet by creating more ice time and better ice to play on. In previous years, the ice in Pond Inlet's community arena was manually cleaned with shovels and brooms throughout the day and flooded at the end of each day, a process that takes over an hour to complete.
"The Zamboni will most likely be used in the coming weeks as the weather is starting to cool off enough to start the ice making process," said Mr. Kavanaugh.