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ts8801
04-16-2010, 10:16 AM
Come talk to me after youve skated there.
The fact that the Kohl Center is a basketball and hockey arena has nothing to do with the quality of the ice. Nice try though...:rolleyes:

are you serious.. of course the building being a multi purpose building has something to do with the quality of the ice.

DarthBruno
04-16-2010, 05:25 PM
I'm obviously a huge Brown fan, but I have to say I am sometimes embarrassed by the quality of our ice in Meehan. There are big wet areas that take forever to dry and often have to be "swept" by the refs before play can start, and some perennial fracture areas that open up grooves and/or holes near one of the blue lines, and must be repaired during the game. Not sure what the problem is but I wish it could be addressed -- it doesn't speak well for our rejuvenated program.

jmh
04-16-2010, 05:43 PM
Typically, the best ice is found in cold buildings that don't host a lot of other kinds of non-ice events on the ice surface (e.g. conventions, basktball courts, etc.).That sounds like Princeton to me; it's always cold in Baker Rink.

Terrierbyassociation
04-16-2010, 06:02 PM
I've heard that Dartmouth's rink is spectacularly cold.

slyhippo
04-16-2010, 06:16 PM
Come talk to me after youve skated there.
The fact that the Kohl Center is a basketball and hockey arena has nothing to do with the quality of the ice. Nice try though...:rolleyes:

I skate there several times a week this year and have skated there my entire youth hockey career, and I've never had an issue of anything like a bad corner or soft ice anywhere. I realize that I'm not necessarily skating at a college hockey pace and were not as abusive on the ice, but the rink crew seems to take care of the ice pretty well. It is mint every time.

GoUNH
04-16-2010, 06:24 PM
I've heard that Dartmouth's rink is spectacularly cold.

I havent skated there since high school (25 years ago) but I can tell you it was by far the coldest rink I had played on

boblav1
04-16-2010, 07:10 PM
I've heard that Dartmouth's rink is spectacularly cold.

It was this past season at the Xmas tourney. Nice rink but cold, especially with those side doors opening up every once in a while and a small crowd in the building.

I always thought questions like these (Best/worst ice, Best/Worst away rink, Best/Worst fans... etc.) would make for a fun survey for the leagues to give to their teams/players each year. Let the fans know what the players really think.

kdaddy
04-16-2010, 07:32 PM
I havent skated there since high school (25 years ago) but I can tell you it was by far the coldest rink I had played on

Gutterson is freezing. Basically a sheet metal barn in VT so 0 outside converts to about 30 inside.

beaverhockey
04-16-2010, 07:41 PM
North Dakota can't possibly have the best ice. The Ralph just sued (or should I say Sioux-ed) and won a lawsuit agaisnt the installer of the slab / ice plant. The whole slab is being ripped out and reinstalled this summer to fix a bad design.

GoUNH
04-16-2010, 07:48 PM
Gutterson is freezing. Basically a sheet metal barn in VT so 0 outside converts to about 30 inside.

I've never been to Gutterson but hope to make it out there next season

moe24
04-16-2010, 07:52 PM
I have heard repeatedly that ever since the cooling system in Lawson was replaced that WMU has some of the best ice in the CCHA now.

umassfan49
04-16-2010, 10:39 PM
This was my first thought as well. UNH also has very good ice. UMass is probably the second-worst.

I'd have to agree about UMass. The problem is they have a practice rink as well and only one compressor for both. If they added a second, and there is plenty of room that would solve a lot of problems. The ice is always soft and opposing teams are usually slow at the start as a result.

umassfan49
04-16-2010, 10:41 PM
Gutterson is freezing. Basically a sheet metal barn in VT so 0 outside converts to about 30 inside.

you've obviously never been to alfond or uconn than.

Fighting Sioux 23
04-16-2010, 11:20 PM
North Dakota can't possibly have the best ice. The Ralph just sued (or should I say Sioux-ed) and won a lawsuit agaisnt the installer of the slab / ice plant. The whole slab is being ripped out and reinstalled this summer to fix a bad design.

Agreed. We definitely don't have the best, but it's pretty good ice.

Hopefully after the fix, it gets better.

quiddlet
04-17-2010, 12:00 AM
Agganis probably has the best in Hockey East and I'd say Merrimack has historically had the worst, although it was allegedly better this year.

Merrimack's big problem isn't the ice though... it's keeping the goals in one place and being able to put them back in after they come out...

Same thing at Maine.

WildKitty
04-17-2010, 08:38 AM
you've obviously never been to alfond or uconn than.

Having been to the Gut and the Barn, they're both cold. I found the Gut to be colder, though. Now, that could have been a function of not being sat over by a bunch of ... gonna be nice here... Maine fans, but it certainly wasn't a function of outside temp: it was WAY colder outside the times I went to the Barn than when I was at the Gut.

I would love to go to UConn...

UNHs ice... up and down. I notice the ice is affected by the weather more at the Whitt than it is at the Verizon, and the latter isn't that much younger... Whitt ice is typically good, sometimes great. Having gallons of water dumped on it by only one of the two Zamboni drivers, and then having the squeegee crew miss half the water at the Zamboni entrance doesn't help, but it doesn't happen that often.

I just realized how picky I am about ice! :rolleyes:

WildKitty
04-17-2010, 08:45 AM
Merrimack's big problem isn't the ice though... it's keeping the goals in one place and being able to put them back in after they come out...

Same thing at Maine.

'Mack's new under-ice stuff looked like it was doing the job, the one game I went to this year. I don't recall noticing a lot of snow, or bouncy, irregular puck movement - at least nothing that wasn't caused by a player! :D I don't remember the net coming off all that often, either, but again, only went to one game.

gfmorris
04-26-2010, 06:10 PM
Come on, no one's said anything about Huntsville's ice? ;)

GFM

STATEdude3
04-26-2010, 06:18 PM
Munn Arena at Michigan State has schizophrenic ice! It goes from fast to slow in a matter of days. I am not really a fan of it...but I do LOVE the full wooden dasher, not the plastic crap that gets cut off at odd angles in the corners!!

massfire
04-26-2010, 07:09 PM
Boston College has the worst ice. I'm not talking about the ice at Conte, I'm talking about the ice that keep the beers cold in the back of the Cherokee that collided with the trolley.