The Youngstown Phantoms play 30 HOME games over a 6 month span… EVERY season… and while that’s a BIG part of the Covelli Centre schedule…It’s not the ONLY show in town… that uses that arena FLOOR… Which means the ICE will come an go several times a year… including at a RECORD pace this past weekend… Josh Frketic joins us LIVE… with more on the crew that makes it happen… Josh… [E3]20180213 COVELLI ICE-LIVE If you were here over the weekend—it looks like an ENTIRE different building. About three or four times a year—the Covelli Centre must melt the ice to make way for big acts like the Rodeo but the difference THIS weekend—the shortest turnaround the ice crew has ever seen to get over 300 tons of dirt OUT by everyone from parking attendants to ushers and brand new ice setup. [E4]20180213 COVELLI ICE-PK JOSH FRKETIC: FROM RODEO…TO RINK…THE COVELLI CENTRE ICE CREW HAD A TASK UNLIKE ANY THEY HAVE DONE BEFORE. WILD WEST TO ARTIC TUNDRA IN ABOUT 72 HOURS. RICK RUBY “WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD AT LEAST A WEEK IN BEWTWEEN. SO THIS IS LIKE…SURPRISE.” RYAN PHILLIPS, OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR “WE HAVE GUYS THAT HAVE BEEN HERE GOING ON 20 HOURS.” FRKETIC: ON SUNDAY EVENING, THE ACTUAL ICE MAKING PROCESS BEGAN WITH WATER…A LOT OF IT. IN ALL—OVER 10-THOUSAND GALLONS OF WATER ARE USED TO MAKE THE FRESH SHEET. AFTER THE BASE LAYER OF WATER FREEZES…THE CREW MIXES TOGETHER MORE WATER AND A WHITE POWDER—THEN APPLY THAT LAYER BY LAYER TO GIVE THE ICE ITS COLOR. RUBY “IT IS PRETTY NEAT THOUGH, PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IT IS WATER. PEOPLE ASK ME HOW WE DO IT. IT IS JUST WATER AND PAINT, AND PATIENCE.” RAYMOND PRATT, OPERATIONS LEAD “I’VE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH QUITE A FEW PEOPLE AND THEY LOOK AT ME LIKE IM STUPID WHEN I TELL THEM HOW WE DO IT.” FRKETIC: AFTER THE WHITE IS DOWN…IT IS TIME FOR THE MORE CREATIVE PART OF THE PROCESS. ON HANDS AND KNEES, THE CREW PAINTS EACH LINE BY HAND. RUBY “A LOT OF PRIDE OUT THERE. EVERYTHING THAT SOMEONE PAINTS, THEY ALL PUT THEIR INITIALS ON IT, IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE STARTED YEARS AGO.” PHILLIPS “IT TAKES A TOLL ON YOUR BODY, BUT I MEAN, EVERYONE IN THIS BUILDING LOVES WHAT WE DO.” FRKETIC: MOST OF THE ICE CREW HAS BEEN TOGETHER SINCE THE COVELLI CENTRE OPENED IN 2005 AND THEY TELL ME THAT EVERY NEW SHEET OF ICE THEY DO, THEY GET CLOSER TO ONE ANOTHER. PRATT “YOU FORM A RELATIONSHIP. I MEAN YOU GO TO EACHOTHERS CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTIES, YOU GO TO PARTIES AT EACHOTHER’S HOUSE. YOU BECOME REAL CLOSE.” RUBY “I WOULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT THEM, I WON’T DO IT WITHOUT THEM.” PHILLIPS “IT IS A TEAM SO WE ARE IN YOUNGSTOWN DOING THE SAME THING, IT IS THE SAME THING THEY DO IN PITTSBURGH OR CLEVELAND. I LIKE TO THINK WE CAN DO ANYTHING THOSE BIG ARENAS DO IN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME.” Now the whole process didn’t come without its difficulties. The biggest problem issue was actually the tempeture on Sunday. It was 49 degrees which actually made it difficult to cool the arena floor down to make the ice. It set the crew back about 4 hours but players tell me the ice is in great condition tonight for the Phantoms 7 o’clock faceoff. Live at the Covelli Centre, I am Josh Frketic, Sports Team 27. [E6]20180213 THOUSAND

From rodeo to rink: Covelli ice crew does quickest turnaround
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