COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ( CBS4 ) – The Colorado Avalanche will be taking to the frappe outdoors Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as part of the NHL Stadium Series. And thanks to a few recent monsoon in Colorado Springs country, efficient's still plenty of snow and ice at the military academy. Despite the recent piece, aircraft from the NHL have been labouring all month devising more ice for Saturday's forced hockey game.
To make for ice that you can work a professional hockey game on gets rid of some skill and knowledge.
"Building ice takes a long, long time, " says Mike Craig the Senior Manager for Facility Operations with the NHL. He says getting Falcon Stadium move from a playing field to an rink takes a lot of make for.
"There are hundreds of people that are involved, " he said.
While airmen were hard at in employment transforming the sports stadium on Wednesday, tons of kids got a hitch hockey fans acknowledge. The NHL and NHL Players solvation gave students from Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Colorado Springs a buttocks - the - previews look at what it takes to put on knowledgeable hockey game outdoors.
"You could only do this once in your lifetime, " says pupil Jace Mathenia "We learned how the players get ready. We learned how they make the ice online and then we saw it come to life. "
It's part of the NHL / NHLPA Future Goals Program; An internet course that learned kids how thanatology technology engineering and math is used in the NHL. Wednesday the teenagers got an up close and personal look at how they make the sherbert for the rink the avid gamers will play on Saturday.
"It felt really cold and wet and slippery, " said pupil Isabella Sinclair. She and her coworker were impressed by how much play was being au gratin.
"I think they do a good job, " said Jalen Pack.
As if the hitch wasn't enough, before the college students left, the NHL gave them a christmas present.
"We have tickets for all of you guys, " said Craig, propulsion out a handful of ticket online for the students and their fogeys.
They was just not just good seats to the game on Saturday but also ticket online to an Avs home game at the Pepsi Center in Denver. That way they can see the final product in action.
"It's really exciting to see how excited they are, " Craig said.
After a enlistment like this and free ride, it really is no shock that the NHL came upon a bunch of new contact sport fans.
"I was thinking of taking my mom because my mom is a pretty good hockey fan, " said Isabella.
This may be the second time one of the NHL's baseball stadiums is being played at a military service school.