Winter in Canada can be tough. There’s a lot of cold, a lot of snow, and it can get super, super dark. However, there’s one thing that carries most Canadians through the worst of the winter season, and that’s hockey! In fact, Canada’s ice is so impressive that this Irish hockey team in Canada travelled 4,500 miles and paid hundreds of pounds, just to experience skating on it.\nImagine a long, dark winter, with literally no ice to skate on either! That is the reality for The Flying Ducks hockey team from Ireland, who have travelled all the way to Vancouver to simply skate on some proper ice.\nIn the team’s home country of Ireland, there’s not a single rink that the team can make use of year-round, not even in the harshest of winters. In fact, there are such limited amenities for the team to use, they practice hockey by wearing rollerblades!\nSo, in order to actually learn to play the game properly, the young team has to make regular international trips to play on actual hockey rinks. This time, the team has travelled approximately 4,500 miles to Canada, to experience skating on some of the world’s best ice rinks.\nDay 1 Vancouver\nAll our players started the day with at least 3 hours of ice time 🏒We had 2 groups attending Coach Bob...Posted by Flying Ducks on Friday, October 25, 2019\nOne 17-year-old hockey player told CBC News, "We have, like, pop-up rinks at Christmas. There are mainly two ... One of them is square, with no round edge, nothing. The other has old hockey boards, but it's kind of smaller."\nOccasionally, the players have to make the trip from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland to find any sort of ice, but usually, they simply play in-line hockey using rollerblades.\nAnother player told CBC News, "When we came over here we weren't used to offsides, because we don't use them in in-line, But we want to be an ice hockey team; we don't want to be an in-line team."\nDay 3\n4 hours later and some of our guys are still not ready to leave the ice😊🏒#HockeyFamily #FlyingDucks #NSWCPosted by Flying Ducks on Sunday, October 27, 2019\nTo pay for their expensive trips to find ice, the team is expected to fundraise. They regularly collect books, bag groceries in stores for donations, or do chores for extra cash. “We have to fundraise … every weekend,” one player told CBC News.\nDespite the cost, the Flying Ducks seem to be having a great time on Vancouver’s ice. The team’s Facebook page is being updated daily to share the activities that they’ve been doing, and it seems that the coach just can’t keep them off the ice.\nDay 6\n4.5hours of ice in and its not even 2pm 🏒 off for food now and then more sessions for some of our players with their NSWC teams 😊🇮🇪🇨🇦#HockeyFamily #FlyingDucks #NSWCPosted by Flying Ducks on Wednesday, October 30, 2019\nIf the young hockey team weren’t already having a great week, they were also given the opportunity to cheer the Vancouver Canucks onto the ice during their game against the Florida Panthers on Monday.\nThe luck of the Irish has been with us tonight!This team from Ireland was invited to Vancouver by the North Shore Winter Club to use their rink for 10 days.Over the past two days, they’ve spent more time on the ice than they had in Ireland over the past year! 🏒👊 pic.twitter.com/MmWhuOvJP3— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 29, 2019\nA team-member told CBC News, “Be grateful for what you have [in Canada], because I mean, we would do anything to have an ice hockey rink."\nIt might get cold, dark, wet and miserable in winter, but at least we’ll always have hockey!\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.