Ice is nice, but April is better known for, well, rain. That's when the hockey-crazed Saia family takes its favorite sport inside.
"Knee hockey" is played with a small foam ball instead of a puck and shorter sticks than the kind used in a regular rink. Players scoot around on their knees, obeying ice-hockey rules as they attempt to chase the ball into the other team's goal.
Sean Saia and his 10-year-old son, Cameron, built their 12-by-20-foot basement rink in a weekend, but they're still perfecting it, with finishing touches such as a ceiling-mounted model Jumbotron made from a cardboard box. Logos from local and national companies are displayed on the boards that circle the rink — just like in the NHL.
The only thing missing are the cheering fans.
The Saia Family: Parents Sean and Melanie Saia. Kids: Sierra, 16, Kelsey, 14, and Cameron, 10.
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