Combine a bunch of rain with a pair of professional hockey teams sharing the same arena and you get the recipe for some bad ice.
That’s what the San Jose Sharks have found out this season. The playing surface at SAP Center has been “pretty garbage,” according to forward Logan Couture.
Club COO John Tortora is hoping there’s a solution on the way.
“The increased rains the Bay Area has received this year, along with the humidity that comes with it, has made it more challenging to keep building conditions at an optimal level,” Tortora wrote in an email to CSN California.
“Recently, we made the decision to implement a supplemental dehumidification system, much earlier than we have in the past. The system is expected to be installed and online within the next two weeks.”
The Sharks share SAP Center with their new AHL affiliate, the Barracuda. On some days, like last Saturday, there have been two games in one day.
Consider this goal last month by the Buffalo Sabres:
“It just goes to show how bad the ice is here on a nightly basis,” d-man Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. “I’m not saying that’s the reason why [we lost], but yeah, it bounced over [Brenden Dillon‘s] stick.”
San Jose’s next home game is Saturday night versus the Capitals. There is no Barracuda game that afternoon.