BarcelonaNext to the Palau Blaugrana there is another equally old installation, but with the same charisma. It is the Palau de Gel, a venue that welcomes amateur skaters (tourists and locals) during the autumn and winter and which hosts the activity of one of Barça’s non-professional sections, ice hockey. The first men’s team is coached by Danilo Didkovski, a former Ukrainian player who has been living in Spain for 22 years. He speaks Spanish with an Eastern European accent that he can’t and doesn’t want to avoid and is proud to have passed on his passion for sticks to his son Stanislav, a member of the Catalan staff for a few years. Both pose for the ARA in the team’s main locker room, where brotherhood is breathed and t-shirts, protections, helmets and skates are stacked with the sharp blade. Once portrayed, they prefer to start the conversation in the coach’s office, a tiny room next door that pays homage to humble sport, one that does not capture focus and survives thanks to the simple love of practicing it.