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The Floor Changer
Anna Holmes
November 26, 2001
Paul Chambers, 50, switches the arena surfaces at Boston's FleetCenter between hockey and basketball games.
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November 26, 2001

The Floor Changer

Paul Chambers, 50, switches the arena surfaces at Boston's FleetCenter between hockey and basketball games.

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Ever get hurt?

You get splinters. Last week I had to go to the hospital to get a 2�-inch piece of wood out of my hand.

Has anyone complained about the floor or the ice?

Some players complain about the ice no matter what. They'll say it's too hard or too chippy. Phil Esposito used to complain about the ice all the time. Finally the building manager, Kingsley Brown, went down to the dressing room and asked each player, "How's the ice?" All of them said it was fine. Kingsley then went to Esposito and said, "You know, you're the only one complaining about the ice." There were no more complaints from him after that.

How have things changed since you started?

The players now are rude. They walk around as if they have a chip on their shoulder. Bobby Orr would sign autographs until every last person had one. I've never seen a guy with more class.

Which do you like better, the FleetCenter or the Garden?

My heart is in the old building, but the Fleet has air conditioning, which makes a big difference. I remember a Lawrence Welk concert at the Garden in the summer. The old people were falling in droves.

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