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Space issue forces K’s to use single Zamboni

In the NHL, the use of two ice resurfacers is meant to speed the process of getting the rink ready for play before each period.

You may have noticed, at Komets’ games they still use only one resurfacing machine.

Why is that?

“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,” Memorial Coliseum vice president of operations Bryan Christie wrote in an email to the Komets, which was shared with The Journal Gazette

“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.”

The NCAA does require the use of two resurfacers, so the Coliseum had to find a way at the regional held there in 2010.

“As you know, we did use two machines for the NCAA (tournament) a couple years ago,” Christie wrote, “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.”

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