rink rat

rink rat

noun Canadian.
a youth who spends a great deal of time at a hockey rink, helping with maintenance work, sweeping, etc., often without pay or in return for free admission to the rink.

Origin:
1940–45

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rink rat
 
n
informal (Canadian) a young person who carries out chores at an ice-hockey rink in return for free skating time

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