Winslow's Ice Rats


February 2, 2022

Michael Jones

Members of Leuenberger's Avalanche Mites squad pose for a photo on the rink he built.

Everybody would know what you meant if you called someone a gym rat, but ... what name would you give to kids who spend almost all of their free time outside on an ice rink playing hockey?

John Leuenberger Jr. always loved hockey. And while he couldn't really play organized hockey as a kid, as a grown up, he made regular trips to Lena with his own kids to skate on the Lions Park rink the Jaycees used to maintain.

"We spent a ton of time there, but living on a farm outside of Winslow, you kinda have to drive a ways to get anywhere," he said.

Maybe it was the regular drive into town, or ma...

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