It was the million-dollar question.
From the moment that T-Mobile Arena opened and Las Vegas was granted an NHL franchise earlier this summer, a hot topic around league circles was how NHL-quality ice would hold up in this hot weather city.
When members of the Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars took the ice on Friday morning prior to Frozen Fury this evening, it was the first time NHL players had skated at T-Mobile Arena. To a man, the feedback was positive.
"The ice was really good," Kings forward Devin Setoguchi said. "We were surprised. It was really good. If the ice is good when you get on there, usually everything else takes care of itself. It held up for a 20-minute practice. It'll be interesting to see how it holds up during a game with 10 guys going at the same time."
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When asked about his first impressions of T-Mobile Arena, Stars captain Jamie Benn was quick to agree.
"Probably the quality of the ice stood out most," Benn said. "It looks like a great rink. It looks like it's going to be a building with a really good atmosphere. But more than anything, we all like to skate on a good sheet of ice.