May 15, 2012, 7:42 PM EST
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 Jobing.com.
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.”
- Rangers must consider Callahan’s injury history in contract talks 1
- The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Outrage over hockey violence, Gary Bettman is a happy man, Darryl Sutter is awesome, and more! 14
- Report: Isles coach Capuano not seen as problem 7
- Rivalry Night on NBCSN: Flyers challenge top-ranked Blackhawks 16
- Update: Ryan Callahan out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain 15
- Ovechkin wills Caps to stunning shootout win vs. Bolts 62
- Bettman: No decision on expansion, but they’re listening 13
- Neal admits kneeing Marchand was ‘not the smartest decision’ 77
- Leafs captain Phaneuf suspended two games for boarding 37
- Rangers confirm Staal suffered concussion 8
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (182)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (156)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (138)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (132)
- Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss (118)