"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.
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