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Committee Eyes Washington Ice Concerns

CHN Staff Report

The Division I Men's Hockey Committee will have a conference call Thursday to discuss ice conditions at Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center, location of this year's Frozen Four. This comes following a Washington Post article that discussed numerous complaints that players from the Washington Capitals have made about the ice surface.

Former Boston University defenseman Tom Poti, now playing for the Caps, called the ice sheet "disgusting" and an "embarassment." Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis then wrote on his blog that the management heard the players' complaints and intends to ensure the arena has "great" ice.

The article pointed out the multiple use for the arena, switching over from basketball to hockey, and back, frequently. The afternoon of the most recent Caps game, there was a Georgetown basketball game. The ice surface was recently completely melted down and rebuilt because of a truck pull the arena hosted.

The committee is going to discuss what it can do to ensure the ice surface is in the best shape possible for the Frozen Four. This will be the sixth time in the last eight years that the Frozen Four takes place in an NHL arena.

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