The legacy of the man who was known as “Teacup” will live on at the Barry’s Bay arena this winter.
A tribute to Ray Mask has been etched into the ice at the Paul J. Yakabuski Centre, where it will remain for the season.
It pays homage to the long-time rink attendant who died earlier this year.
Mask, who was nicknamed “Teacup”, worked for Madawaska Valley for more than 30 years, before retiring in 2022.
In his job, Mask worked closely with a Burlington-based company called ICECO Advanced Arena Products. Upon hearing of his death, a couple from that company, Deanne and Brian Van Sickle, wanted to pay tribute to the man.
They created a logo for the ice surface and donated to the Township.
Madawaska Valley Recreation Coordinator Hannah Gutoskie says it’s a fitting tribute for the well-respected man.
“Everyone who visited or regularly used the rink knew Teacup and had a story about him,” she said.