WILMINGTON -- Most people try to stay indoors with the recent cold temperatures. But one group of people can't escape the cold, even inside. The devoted hockey fans at The Ice House hockey rink braved temperatuers that weren't much warmer than outside. Kerri McAlarney cheered on her husband. She said, "I'm not too bad. I like the cold weather so this is a nice change for me." Armed with hot chocolate, blankets, and plenty of warm clothes, the fans were all set. McAlarney may be one of the few who welcome the recent chilly weather. "It's like a nice mixup. I can actually wear the sweaters I buy at the stores rather than just wearing short sleeve shirts and it's kind of nice, it makes us appreciate the beach weather more." Samona Taylor and her kids cheered on her husband. Taylor has had some preparation for these temperatures. She said, "I went to high school in Buffalo, New York, so that was a nice introduction to the cold, that's for sure." The rink's ice was 19 degrees Monday night. The thermostat typically reads anywhere from 32 to 44 degrees. Alex Stabell is one of the players who is at the rink a few days a week. "When it's hot we're here, when it's cold we're here," he said. Working outside during the day has prepared him well for his nights on the ice. There's no time to think about staying warm once you're out there. Although, Stabell said his team helps out its opponents. He said, "They just keep up with us on the ice and they'll stay as warm as they can. Whenever we skate around, they try to follow us." The players tried to stay warm on the ice and the fans tried to stay warm in the stands. At least they knew when they left, they would be ready for the temperature that awaited them outside.
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