A photo Bernie Fandrich snapped of a game of pond hockey at his acreage near Lytton has been included in a souvenir booklet produced by the Canadian Museum of History.

B.C. pond hockey game receives Canada-wide exposure

A picture of a pond hockey game in Lytton has been included in a Canadian Museum of History booklet

When Lytton resident Bernie Fandrich decided to build a pond in the front yard of his acreage near town, he had no idea that the decision would result in a photo of his would become part of a hockey exhibit which toured the country.

Fandrich, who has always loved water features, decided to build the 60-foot-by-80-foot pond in 2009.

“I have water rights on a small creek,” he explains, “so I diverted some of that to create the pond.”

He got a permit so that he could stock the pond with rainbow trout and allow people to fly-fish (catch and release only).

“It’s fun to watch the kids fish for them,” he says, adding in the early days there was competition for the fish from osprey.

He has some spawners now, which spawn in a gravel bed that Fandrich put in.

“I spend a lot of time watching them. It’s lots of fun to watch them cruise around. The dragonfly nymphs go to the bullrushes before emerging as dragonflies, and the fish seem to know that. They’ll swim over and bump the bullrushes to dislodge the nymphs.”

In summer the eight-foot-deep pond is also a good place to cool off. When the pond, which has been dubbed Lake Bernard, freezes, friends and family play pond hockey on it.

“The kids bring skates, and we’ll have 10 to 15 people playing.”

Every year there is a large New Year’s celebration, which includes hockey on the pond; and it was at the 2010 celebration that Fandrich snapped the shot that caught the attention of the Canadian Museum of History.

“I developed, and used to run, the Lytton Chamber of Commerce website,” explains Fandrich, who is currently president of the chamber. “I used a lot of my own photographs on the site, because I had access to them.”

One of them was of the pond hockey game; and almost two years ago, when photographs were being considered for the museum’s booklet, the picture caught the eye of someone involved in the search.

Fandrich got an email explaining the nature of the request. “They said they were interested in using it, and wanted some more information. There were lots of emails.”

He was originally told they were interested in using the picture in the display itself, but “then they backtracked on that. I was interested in sharing the picture, but up until the last minute they still didn’t know if it would make the display or the booklet.”

As far as Fandrich knows, his picture is the only one in the booklet not taken by a professional photographer. To order a copy, go to https://www.historymuseum.ca/boutique/product/hockey/



editorial@accjournal.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Hazardous Waste Roundup was held May 25th

The Hazardous Waste Roundup is usually run every spring

Paintearth Community Adult Learning boasts another successful year

The 2019/2020 school year looks to bring back many popular programs and some new ones

Red Deer man arrested in connection with Leduc armed robbery

Leduc RCMP asking for public assistance after armed robbery – UPDATE

Community tradition

Castor Community Hall played host to the annual Bridge Tournament on May 4th

Alberta RCMP shares tips for motorcycle safety month

Showing off does not pay off – but driving defensively does

VIDEO: Canadian breaks women’s world record for longest plank

Dana Glowacka, of Montreal, held a plank for four hours and 20 minutes

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Alberta NDP cries foul as Speaker Cooper names new legislature clerk

Shannon Dean will replace Merwan Saher as the clerk of the assembly effective immediately

‘Her life mattered:’ New trial ordered in death of Indigenous woman Cindy Gladue

In a 4-3 decision, Supreme Court said evidence about Cindy Gladue’s sexual history was mishandled

Emergency funds for High Level evacuees to start flowing by Monday

About 5,000 people in High Level and surrounding communities have been out of their homes for a week

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

No-vote option: Alberta legislature changing rules to allow MLAs to abstain

The changes are expected to pass, given that Kenney’s party has a majority of seats

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Most Read