March 15, 2010
By Daryl Bycraft CHT

Every Wednesday for the past few winters, members of the London Chapter of Landscape Ontario, along with employees and associates, take to the ice for some pick-up hockey.

The season begins around the middle of January and wraps-up at the end of March. This is the third year the group has enjoyed Wednesday afternoons playing Canada’s favourite winter sport.  For landscapers, it’s a great way to pass the winter between snowfalls.

One of the event’s organizers is Mike Baker, owner of Heritage Landscaping from the Ilderton area. He says the pick-up hockey games started with six to ten players coming out each week. Now it has grown to more than 20 players a week, along with two goalies. Ages of the players range from 18 to 61 years.

Some of the member landscape businesses and associates that participate in the pick-up hockey are Mike Wardell and Jason Zehr from Rural Roots, Scott Revington from Artistic Shadows, Pete Vanderley from Vanderley Landscaping, Paul Synder from PGS, Ian MacLeod from Landmark Landscapes, Derek Geddes from Coldstream Land Escape Company, Ray Davis from Lobo Landscapes, Darcy Decaluwe from Stone in Style, Bill Groenewegen from Baseline Nurseries, Jeff Eidness from Clintar, Ryan Marshall from Oasis Creations, Greg Marshall from Turfpro Landscaping and Gerry Hakkers from RiverBend Golf Community.
Daryl Bycraft of Bycraft Gardens in Ilderton, is the second vice president of the London Chapter.