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Coyotes ice crew copes with blazing Arizona sun

May 15, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

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With two warm weather markets still kicking around the 2012 playoffs and summer in full swing, ice crews are in for some big challenges. Game 2 of the Western Conference finals pits the Los Angeles Kings against the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, AZ, where it’s currently more than 100 degrees outside

The Associated Press shares some interesting bits from the Coyotes’ ice crew.

Ice technician Jim Hanlon had a refreshingly simple explanation of what makes for good ice.

“We watch how the puck slides on the ice,” Hanlon said. “If it slides well, we know it’s good ice.”

Meanwhile, Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris doesn’t deny the difficulties, but instead reasonably remarks that it’s an issue in a lot of places once summer rolls around.

“Nashville’s was no better. Chicago’s was no better. L.A.’s won’t be any better,” Morris said. “It’s just that time of year where you’ve got to grind through the bad ice.”

Then again, Morris might be a little biased. That ice might have had at least something to do with a center ice goal he scored on Jonathan Quick in Game 1 (depending upon whom you ask).

  1. blc70 - May 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    I doubt they would have this problem if they relocated to Seattle!

    • karlm144 - May 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      …or Quebec City!

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 15, 2012 at 9:32 PM

        Or Kansas City

  2. vindicatus - May 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Maybe the Arizona guys can share some pointers with the MSG ice crew.

  3. tommytd - May 15, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Who in the hell plays hockey in the desert anyway?

  4. cuffhimbanano - May 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    And yet another “ice technician” answers a different question than what he was asked. Time to stop giving these clowns interview time.

  5. kb2126 - May 16, 2012 at 2:54 AM

    Cuff…….what makes good ice?

    • tommytd - May 16, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      Cold temps and you ain’t gonna find ’em in the desert.

  6. fiddytucker - May 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Trolls with nothing positive to say about anything.

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