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Memorial Cup Ice Creating Problems May 22, 2012 7:32 AM

Summer is blazing along the St. Maurice River, and it has brought boaters, sunbathers, roller bladers and other sun worshippers out in full force.

Unfortunately, the spectacular weather —temperatures reaching 90 degrees — hasn’t done much for the quality of the ice at the Centre Bionest, site of the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

A number of coaches have complained about the poor quality of the ice surface during the tournament, including Edmonton Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdal.

By the end of Sunday’s game, a 6-2 drubbing of the London Knights by the host Shawinigan Cataractes, a low-level fog had crept over the ice, which made for some moody, arty photos.

Its not a good sign when the ice surface is foggy. It has also been reported to be chippy and rutted by the end of games. On Monday, Mike Craig, son of NHL ice-making wizard Dan Craig, was seen about trying to correct the situation. All the exits were sealed from the auditorium to the concourses with plastic sheeting, so that the whole place resembled the frozen foods section at some supermarkets.

Maybe its time to consider finishing the season a little earlier?

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