The Shed

Like any good Canadian grandfather, Cecil Kalyn built an outdoor skating rink in his yard for the grandkids. And like all those grandpas, he quickly realized that maintaining an outdoor rink, given the wild fluctuations in our winters nowadays, was difficult.

So Kalyn found a better solution: make a rink indoors.

Behind his Flamborough home was a shed. Once, it had been a hanger for his airplane. Now, it was filled with friends’ cars, and various other treasures accumulated during his life. He told his buddies to claim their toys, cleaned up the junk, and got to work on his newest project.

Eleven years later, The Shed, as it is known, has carved out a unique existence: it still is largely unknown, yet maintains a loyal following among its users. The most active of these, instructor Tommy Gilligan, runs multiple clinics, from Learn to Skate programs to ones for players who still dream of a future in the pros.

The rink, measuring roughly 30 by 12 metres, has refrigeration pipes, allowing Kalyn to maintain ice for six months, from October 1 through April 1. The floor is painted white, to give the milky white colour and markings that professional and city-run arenas boast. And just like a regular rink, the ice is flooded after every hour-long session, courtesy of a mini Olympia resurfacing machine.

The Shed has a dressing room, and another room where parents can wait, coffees in hand, while their youngsters are honing their skills, regardless of the conditions outside.  -Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, December 8, 2013 -Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Noah Payette, 4, is a determined young hockey player at a learn to skate lesson. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, December 8, 2013 -Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Noah Payette, 4, is a determined young hockey player at a learn to skate lesson. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, December 17,2013 - Cecil Kaylan in his indoor skating rink, which is referred to as 'the shed'. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, December 17,2013 – Cecil Kaylan in his indoor skating rink, which is referred to as ‘the shed’. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page.  Players grab a quick drink during a break. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Players grab a quick drink during a break. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. The lone bench in the lobby made from - what else - hockey sticks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. The lone bench in the lobby made from – what else – hockey sticks. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12,2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. The rink, with solar panels atop the roof, at night. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12,2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. The rink, with solar panels atop the roof, at night. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Paul Mazerolle drives the mini Olympia ice cleaner between sessions. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Paul Mazerolle drives the mini Olympia ice cleaner between sessions. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. The parents pass the time talking hockey while their boys attend a skating class.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. The parents pass the time talking hockey while their boys attend a skating class. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Paul Mazerolle cleans the last bit of snow off the ice with a shovel. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Paul Mazerolle cleans the last bit of snow off the ice with a shovel. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page.  Joe Korman ties up son Sam's skates in the dressing room prior to a practice.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Joe Korman ties up son Sam’s skates in the dressing room prior to a practice. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Water bottles await the next break while a dad watches the action on the ice. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Thursday, December 12, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Water bottles await the next break while a dad watches the action on the ice. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Cecil Kaylan's backyard rink, known as 'the shed',  for photo page. Tommy Gilligan, who runs numerous skating programs out of the rink, has some fun with some learn to skate kids. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, December 8, 2013 – Cecil Kaylan’s backyard rink, known as ‘the shed’, for photo page. Tommy Gilligan, who runs numerous skating programs out of the rink, has some fun with some learn to skate kids. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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