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The backyard rink, Rolie the Goalie and 15 prospects take a ride on the Zamboni.

Updated: March 31, 2003, 3:45 PM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

Today, I tore down the backyard rink. I took down the boards, unearthed the brackets which held said boards, folded up the 60"x40" rink liner, gathered the 57 pucks strewn like frozen Ring Dings on the lawn and revealed after spring stole the snow, and stashed it all away into the shed that sits in the backyard that was built for the sole purpose of being a backyard rink warehouse.

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