Hockey rink is the game spot for Galena skaters

The hockey rink on Alexander Lake.
The hockey rink on Alexander Lake.

By ABRAHAM BJORKLUND, staff writer

Martin Hornfischer moved to Galena in 2010, and started to play hockey on the Yukon for the first three years, because they lived right there next to the river. Mr. Hornfischer also play hockey on Antoski slue, but because of the slope on the slue they moved to behind the school in 2015.

The idea to start hockey in Galena was because Martin grew up with hockey, and “it’s the best sport in the word.” And the weather was perfect for hockey, and Martin likes to get kids off their screen, “you don’t see very many kids outside anymore, most of the sports are indoors, basketball, swimming and wrestling, it’s all good stuff, but I like it when kids are outside and breathing fresh air.”

For his first hockey rink, Mr. Hornfischer had made his own hockey rink made out of 2-by-4s, 8 feet and 10 feet long, and they drained the water out of the pool, because the school needed to change the pool water. At 30 degrees below zero, they let the water out into the rink, but the water was to warm and the concrete was not completely even, the ice froze unevenly.

So they started to play Lake Alexander, but people snow machining across the rink made it hard to keep maintained, and also the weather kept making it hard to keep maintained, and they were not able to keep the snow off the rink.

In 2017, more and more people started to come to hockey, because Mr. Hornfischer had some friends from Germany to play hockey, so with more people it was easier to keep maintained, because more workers, the less work each person has to do, and because of the man power they were able to play from October to April.

Hornfischer does not have official uniforms or any gear for the team so they play low so that no one gets hurt, but he has construction safety vest on the way so that they can determine the teams.