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Nugent-Hopkins a big fan of the ice

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins talked about the conditions of the ice at Investors Group Field

by Marc Ciampa /

Following a spirited morning practice in Winnipeg, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was asked about the quality of the outdoor ice. 

"I think everybody was really happily surprised. You've got to get used to the glare and stuff but near the end of practice we started to get used to that," he said, adding that the toughest adjustment was simply the setting with it being in a football stadium. 

"You had to get used to it when you first got out there. Even in practice, you're used to the stands. It feels like more of a closed off thing. With so much wide-open space, it's a little bit different. At times it makes the ice seem a little smaller because everything else is so big."

Another obstacle was the glass, which frosted up for much of the practice due to weather conditions but Nugent-Hopkins noted that it didn't really affect much. 

"I don't think the glass makes too much of a difference. It might actually help a little bit, not making it appear so open. I don't know if it'll be like that tomorrow or not but there's always elements you have to battle in outdoor games."

By the time the Jets hit the ice at noon, the glass was completely clear so that isn't likely to be a factor Sunday at game time. 

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