1. If you build it, they will come.
  2. By "it" I mean something that has come to symbolize winter, fun, athletic potential and magic (see the iconic Wayne Gretzky backyard frozen pond story) in Canada: a 40-by-60 foot hockey rink in a Sherbrooke, Que., neighbourhood complete with boards and lights.
  3. And by "they" I mean men, women and children who want to enjoy the rink until 9 p.m. for up to six months, given eastern Canada's extremely long winter.
  4. That's a problem for one resident whose home borders the (now) contentious ice surface. He says: keep the cacophony, the skaters and the physical eyesore out of my backyard.
  5. “I found that, in my kitchen or in my dining room, it created a significant visual impact. My land is 12 feet lower than his.… It caused me visual harm,” he said.
  6. Jean Christophe Bossé (below) of Sherbrooke, Que., has been building the rink in his backyard for the past five years.
  7. The City of Sherbrooke said the structure contravenes area zoning bylaws and told Bossé he had to take it down or risk receiving a hefty fine. Bossé says he's going to fight the city because what he builds is a family rink. He's also concerned about what kind of precedent this might set in hockey crazy Quebec.
  8. Is he, indeed, the Grinch who stole Winter-fun, as some of our readers have labelled him? Or is he simply a man who doesn't want to look at an ad-hoc rink all winter long. There's nothing wrong with wanting a clear view.
  9. Some Canadians fear this could set a dangerous precedent for our outdoor backyard hockey rink mythology--- preserved even in cities that don't experience snow/cold/winter Wonderlands, like where I grew up, in Vancouver.
  10. Bossé said playing on the ice always stopped before 9 p.m., so that he could water the rink and allow it to freeze overnight.
  11. He hopes to challenge the decision and have his rink back up and running before the end of winter.
  12. Here's what some of our readers had to say:
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