Crushed ice: Boot hockey bar leagues gaining popularity
Outside of Park Place Sports Bar it's about 10 degrees. Out back, on a small rink partially lit by neon beer signs, bundled-up men try to gain traction as they run across a sheet of ice.
Steaming breath from the players' mouths rises in the air and mixes with cigarette smoke. Sticks slap the ice. A rock-hard ball ricochets off the boards. There aren't any water bottles behind the bench, just clear plastic cups filled with ice and stir sticks.
And everything is just right.