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Ice Goes Down at Coliseum

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Hockey got a little closer on Friday when the process of making and painting the ice at Nassau Coliseum was started. "Roberto" Borzomi and his team began the two-day process early in the morning, making the first layer of ice and covering the Coliseum floor with bright white paint.

The Islanders will compete for the first time at the Coliseum on Wednesday night when they play host to the New Jersey Devils for an exhibition game.

Borzomi—who has been making and painting the Coliseum ice since the Islanders inaugural season—supervised as his team painted all of the lines with bright reds and blues. He watched over the process, giving direction and at times taking the brush himself. When all the lines and goal creases were painted, Borzomi’s team turned to the most important part of the day—the Islanders logo at center ice.

However, before any logo painting was started, Borzomi painstakingly took the time to adjust the giant stencil, moving it fractions of an inch. It was clear that no painting would begin before everything was perfect. When everything was to Borzomi’s liking, the process of laying down the Islanders blue and orange began.

Following all of the painting,  another layer of ice will be made, creating the stage on which the Islanders will perform this season.
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