Ice ice baby! I’d always wanted to see how it’s done when they put the ice in at Amalie Arena. I think many would be bored watching paint dry – because that’s really what you’re doing at Ice Day. But being a guy going through severe hockey withdrawal, it was fun to get out of the Tampa heat and into a frigid Amalie Arena to watch Ice Operations Manager Patrick Jesso’s crew do their work.
Even though I’ve watched and played hockey all my life, I’d never thought much about the ice itself. I learned a bunch of things I never knew.