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Craig reports good start to Dodger Stadium rink build @NHLdotcom

The rink is taking shape at Dodger Stadium as preparations are well underway for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25.

Dan Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations, had his crew working from sunset Thursday to sunrise Friday spraying water to build the first quarter-inch of ice.

Craig told reporters Thursday night that the rink build was going as planned.

"We're right on schedule, right on the hour of scheduling," Craig said prior to the first spray on the rink. "We could have started making ice [Wednesday] night if we got pushed but we didn't need to."

Craig and his crew are working at night in L.A. to avoid the warmer daytime temperature. He said it was 60 degrees Fahrenheit by the boards at 6 p.m. PT Thursday, an ideal temperature to start making ice considering the power of the refrigeration truck that is parked outside the stadium.

"All of our rinks that we work in right now are usually right around that 60-degree mark, so it's not a concern at all," Craig said.

To explain the power of the truck, Craig said that at 6 p.m. local time Wednesday, before the truck was fired up, the temperature on the side of the boards was 74.4 degrees and 72 degrees on the aluminum floor pans that serve as the rink base; 90 minutes after the truck started running, the temperature in both areas was down to 30 degrees.

"We know how much power this thing can pull out of the air and we're ready to put it to the test," Craig said.

However, the truck still needs help to guard against the hot sun that bathes the rink during the day, so the ice crew is laying down double bubble wrap reflective blankets on top of the ice to knock away the heat from the sun and protect the temperature of the floor and boards.

Craig said his main concern is making sure the ice around the boards stays solid. He said he's not overly concerned about the middle of the rink.

"We have three days to do what we normally do in a rink in a day," Craig said. "We're going to be very patient on how everything goes. We're not rushing through anything."

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