Pink Ice – No Thanks.ShareThis
I played in two “pink in the rink” games, and I gotta say: pink ice sucks.
It’s a cute gimmick, and the cause is awesome. But if the NFL can get by with a splash of pink on their shoes/hats/gloves, I think ECHL teams can do the same. Hell, even the pink jerseys are great. But the ice? I’ll pass.
(Don’t worry, I’m not missing the larger point – just discussing what it was like to play on.)
For whatever reason, the application of pink in Utah was a semi-catastrophe. And I mean that in a way beyond just trying to see the puck at a glance, which was next to impossible in itself. Pink stuff (did they use spray paint, or some powder?) was a quarter of the way up the boards in some places, and it never dried (so I have no idea what it was).
For weeks, you’d get hit into the boards and have some pink streak on your pants. Please note that it was so annoying that I’ve basically disregarded the not-being-able-to-see-the-puck-as-well part.
Some guys spray-painted their sticks pink, which was enjoyable (and I enjoyed that my one teammate had a good game that night and used the pink RBK for weeks), so there were some perks to the game. Y’know, aside from the raising money for cancer thing, which is wonderful in a million different ways.
It’s just silly to do the ice. I think I found it so much harder to see the puck that it put me in some tiny bit of danger - I need my head up as much as possible, thanks.
Is it harder to watch for fans, too?