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Ice Time

The Honda Center ice is installed in preparation for the 2008-09 Ducks season

Monday, 09.08.2008 / 7:24 PM / Features
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Ice Time

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

Personnel at Honda Center construct the center ice portion of the arena's playing surface on Monday afternoon.

A significant chill is flowing once again through Honda Center, another indication that hockey season is vastly approaching.

Personnel at the arena have begun installation of the ice playing surface, and the process is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday. “We’ve got people from the event crew, conversion crew, maintenance and engineering all out here lending a hand,” Honda Center Director of Operations Brent Mater said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who have been doing it for years. It’s a great crew to have.”

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After freezing the floor to 13 degrees on Sunday night, the bulk of the work began Monday morning at 8 a.m. The first task is to place a layer of water on the floor to serve as a base for the white paint that follows. Three to four passes are made over the surface to get it to its desired color.

All the markings that adorn the ice – including lines, faceoff circles and logos – are then hand-painted on by workers, who carefully place their knees on cardboard as they design the surface.

"We just get as many hands on it as we can and paint, paint, paint," said Honda Center Director of Operations Brent Mater, seen here painting one of the blue lines.

“We do the blue and red lines,” Mater said. “After we finish with that, we do the circles and hashes and start working on the crease. We then do the pounce patterns for the sponsor logos and finish up with the center logo of the Ducks and Honda Center around it. We just get as many hands on it as we can and paint, paint, paint.”

Once all the painting is complete, attention is turned to growth of the ice. To get the ice to its desired 1 1/4-inch height, the crew will alternate around the clock for the next two days “misting” the ice. Each flood and subsequent clearing of water from the surface roughly grows the ice 1/32 of an inch.

“It’s a very important job they’ve got,” Mater said of the crews that monitor the ice growth. “It’s important that every level builds upon it, so it’s as good an ice sheet as possible.”

Responsible for testing the surface is Honda Center Ice Technician Joel Francisco. Along with measuring height, Francisco also maintains temperature of the ice that will eventually increase to 17 degrees for games.

After first tracing each logo onto the ice, the crew at Honda Center intricately paints it in including this one by Carl's Jr.

 “We like to take our time and make sure each layer is fairly thin,” says Francisco, who has worked on the Honda Center ice since 2001. “Throughout the process we’ll measure certain spots. Especially when you have been here long enough, I know where it’s a little uneven. I just try to get it as uniform level as possible.”

And after all the work is finished over the next couple of days by the dozens of tireless workers at Honda Center, that ice will be primed and ready for Ducks skate blades.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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