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THE IMPORTANCE OF ICE
Michael Farber
February 23, 2004
It's the most basic element in hockey, but its maintenance is one of the biggest headaches in sports. Herewith the cold facts on how to make good ice, what the NHL is doing to fix the sorry state of rink surfaces—and what Britney Spears has to do with it
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February 23, 2004

The Importance Of Ice

It's the most basic element in hockey, but its maintenance is one of the biggest headaches in sports. Herewith the cold facts on how to make good ice, what the NHL is doing to fix the sorry state of rink surfaces—and what Britney Spears has to do with it

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"I think ice still is very poor throughout the league," says Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman, a 21-year veteran. "Players are resigned to the fact that the ice is going to be bad in a majority of buildings—even new ones, where they spent a ton of money on aesthetics and suites. But as far as I know they haven't put extra effort into significantly improving ice quality."

The portrait is not always flattering, certainly not as seductive as a fresh sheet of ice. There will always be stories to be carved, but as long as there is heat, humidity, hoops and hottie singers, players shouldn't wait until late in a period to try.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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