Mike Ozanian at Forbes reports on the poor ice conditions at the World’s Most Famous Arena…
“I’ve watched almost every home playoff game this year and am amazed at the shoddy conditions of the Garden’s ice and the impact it has had on the games–constantly skipping and rolling pucks, errant passes…It’s embarrassing for parent company Madison Square Garden Company, the NHL and even broadcaster NBC Sports, whose otherwise superb announcers appear fearful of pointing out the choppy ice at the Garden.
“The problems with the Garden’s ice go back decades. Twenty years ago the excuse was MSG had to replace the ice in the building several times during the year. What’s the excuse after throwing $1 billion into the building? Other teams have spent far less to get much better ice conditions.”
…while the ice conditions have been deplorable, the fact that the ice surface is on the 6th floor at MSG offers a unique circumstance that the Rangers nor the NHL have yet to find the answers to.
The other day Boomer Esiason, on his radio show, said he spoke to NHL ice guru Dan Craig about the ice conditions at MSG and he blamed the bouncing on the puck not being frozen enough, not the ice conditions.