The Nashville Predators host the Edmonton Oilers Friday night at Bridgestone Arena, but first the arena crew needed to prep the ice after this week's Bon Jovi concert.
The real action started as soon as the music stopped playing, as workers worked through the night by uncovering the ice, shaving off the dirty top layer then replacing it with a new coat ready for skates.
"Usually after a concert and you pick the floor up, it looks like a checkerboard from all the beer and coffee and everything else that goes through the cracks on the floor," said Stephen "Scooter" Fruik, the so-called "Ice Man" for the Preds and Bridgestone Arena. "In the morning, we get here nice and early and run the edger around first and take off that top part there that got messed up from the floor and work up from there - try to get the ice ready for them by 9:30."
The final step for the arena surface is to bring out the Zamboni to prepare a fresh layer of ice.
"After we get to this point, we come out here with the water and start laying it back up. The Zamboni does an excellent job of doing that. "It's 150 to 160-degree water that comes out the back, and this is actually what replaces what we took up from the ice," Fruik said. "So it's actually melting and resurfacing at the same time, and this is what helps us make it the best ice in the NHL for the Nashville Predators."
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