Posted: June 14, 2013
I have not paid much attention to the National Hockey League during the regular season. In fact, I usually only tune in when it's time, like it is now, for the Stanley Cup Finals.
That wasn't always the case. Growing up on a lake in northern Illinois, I was big professional hockey fan. I remember the starting lineups of my favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks, during the early-to-mid- 1970s.
My fondest memories of watching the Blackhawks were with my father. We didn't have cable television at the time, so our only chance to get coverage of the hockey games were from our rotary antenna. The only television that received any semblence of a hockey game was on the small black and white television in my parents' bedroom.
Unfortunately, growing up on a 200-acre lake welcomed snowmobilers during the winter months. As the sleds made their way back and forth across the snow and ice on Deep Lake, it interfered with our ability to watch the hockey games. I remember thinking that the snowmobile was being broadcast on the small black and white. That's how noisy it was.
That next spring, my Dad decided to join the Deep Lake Improvement Association. He, along with others, spearheaded the idea to provide Lake Association funds for the purchase of three aerators. Of course, the intended goal of the submerging the appartus in the water was to keep the lake clean and provide a better fishing environment throughout the year.
As many of you may know, the ice over the aerators would very rarely freeze over. Snowmobilers who were accostomed to traveling at high rates of speed, usually later in the day, would not see the open water. Fortunately, nobody got hurt, but it was quite common to watch rescue divers in the spring attempt to raise snowmobiles from the depths of Deep Lake.
As a result of the new aeration system, we didn't seem to have too many more problems with snowmobiles bothering our television reception. That was the same year that the Blackhawks were in the Stanley Cup, which they lost. I can only hope that they have better luck as they began their series this week against the Boston Bruins.