Here's a great story from Lawrence Martin's Mario Lemieux biography simply entitled Mario. It's about the dedication Mario Lemieux's mother, Pierrette, showed to allow her son to learn to skate.
According to local lore, when the snow got too deep to play hockey outside, Madame Lemieux transported shovels of snow into the house. She threw the snow on the carpet and pounded it down to a smooth surface that glistened like ice. With the heat in the house turned off and the doors opened to let the cold blow in, she had her boys, just past toddler age then, practice hockey on the rug.
"The really did quite a job on my rug," she recalled. "But it was good for strengthening their ankles"