There is such a thing as synthetic ice. Charlottetown had a 3-on-3 hockey tournament on fake ice as part of their summer festival (see here); I'd like to know how that went. But in doing a small bit of research on synthetic ice, I can report with a fair amount of confidence that it would cost thousands of dollars to put fake ice on my backyard rink. (An article I read said that it costs about $3500 to outfit an average basement with synthetic ice.) One marketing angle that the manufacturers of fake ice use is that it gives your kids an advantage over other kids in their development as hockey players...I wonder if some NHL team would fund my rink in exchange for the rights to any players who are a product of it?
Here is a line from the song "700 ft. Ceiling" by The Tragically Hip :
In our own backyard, we can do some floodin' / when it's cold and dark, don't have to think or nothin'...now, I wonder what that's all about...?