By Lindsay Kramer
Hockey players and farmers always find some extra work to do. Which is why it made perfect sense that during what was supposed to be a break from his sport last week, Idaho rookie forward Evan Barlow was clearing off snow from a pond on his farm.
Barlow got out his snow blower and did battle with a foot of the white stuff that had accumulated on the rink-to-be at his family’s 5,000-acre grain and cattle plot in Strathmore, Alberta. A couple hours later, it was ready for some pickup hockey.
”The family’s getting in tomorrow. We have all ages out there, from 5 years old to 50,” he said. ”That’s the way of life here. I still get challenged out there, don’t worry. It (his status as a pro) pushes them harder.”