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Ice at Consol Energy Center still an issue

Pittsburgh PenguinsIn almost every respect Consol Energy Center, the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL), is a hit, except in one area: ice quality. The latest report: the ice quality has improved, but it’s still not where it should be.

The big issue among players when the arena opened earlier this season: it was a little rough, to say the least. The ice quality has improved, according to players, after a visit from the NHL‘s ice guru, Dan Craig.

Of course, all things are relative. That the ice has improved since the beginning of the season will placate many players. And there’s always a trade-off: other events has forced the ice to be taken down twice. Anyone who works with ice knows what a tricky task it is to maintain a pro-level surface: besides keeping the building at a certain temperature, air flow within a building and humidity levels need to be monitored closely.

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