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Ice Being Installed Inside Arena

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE – The off-season is officially on thin ice.

On Wednesday morning, a crew began installing the playing surface inside Arena for the 2010-11 Coyotes season. It’s a task that will take a 10-person unit several days, 10,000 gallons of water and lots of paint to complete.

Attention to detail is key to getting the job done in a timely manner.

A crew paints the ice inside Arena.
“If you make a mistake out here and spill paint it takes a while to fix that error,” said Brad Priest, the ice technician who is overseeing the project. “So we want to take our time and be very precise in how we’re getting the lines (down) and make sure all the measurements are exact when we’re putting the face-off dots out there so that everything is within NHL specifications and official.”

The ice will be used for the first time on Sept. 11 when the Coyotes open their training camp for rookies. The veterans will take the ice on Sept. 18.

The high temperatures in Arizona keep Priest and his staff busy all season.

“It’s a tremendous challenge,” Priest said. “The ambient air temperature affects the ice tremendously and it’s very dry here as well... The combination of those two creates extra work for me. I’m constantly tearing the ice down and rebuilding it to bring moisture back into the ice.”

: Check back soon to to watch a video of Priest and his crew installing the ice.
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