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Why not 2 resurfacers?

By the way, calling it a Zamboni is like calling all tissue Kleenex

This note comes to me from the Komets, who, I'm told, had been asked some questions about why there aren't two resurfacing machines used at games to refinish the ice during intermissions.

Of course, in the NHL, they use two Zambonis to speed the whole process.

An official at Memorial Coliseum told the Komets this in an e-mail:

"Yes, we have two Zambonis that are up to par to be used for resurfacing for your games, and we could find a second operator to operate the second Zamboni.

"The biggest hurdle we have is our physical challenges. We would have to modify the Zamboni room significantly so that two Zambonis would fit at one time. Second issue we would encounter is we would probably have to develop a dump tank to dump the snow in because I do not think we would have the water capacity to melt both machines, like we presently do, and get them filled up during the time allotted between intermissions.

"As you know we did use two machines for the NCAA (tournament) a couple years ago, but that was only because we had Expo IV available to us for those games and a non-public corridor to drive the machine through to get it to a spot to dump and fill it and get it back on time for the next intermission.

"I wish there was an easy fix, but it is anything but."

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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