Ice czar says Consol Energy Center is improving
The only flaw at Consol Energy Center has been its poor ice surface, and the NHL is making sure the problem is temporary.
NHL ice czar Dan Craig has been in town all week to investigate the surface at the Penguins' new arena. A third sheet of ice was installed this week, and Craig said he believes the surface eventually will be excellent.
"This situation is just like any other new building," he said. "Plus, you've got a crew that was working in a 50-year-old building. Now, the crew is working in a state-of-the art building. It's an adjustment."
Jay Roberts, general manager of SMG, which manages the arena, predicted before the season that it would boast one of the NHL's best surfaces. While he admits that the ice has been a work-in-progress, the good news is that the issue has been identified.
"The problem has been with air flow in the building," he said. "It's a trial-and-error process. We're working on it, and it's going to work out."
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