Steady rain in South Bend forced the teams to maneuver their practices inside and off the puddle-covered rink at Notre Dame Stadium at which the 2019 nhl Winter Classic is scheduled for Tuesday. They practiced in the Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena, that was scheduled to host a NCAA men’s hockey game between Notre Dame and boston College first Monday evening.
According to the nhl, it could be the first time that the practices maintained on the eve of this event were rained out. As the teams could proceed inside, the conventional”family skate” with the players’ family members onto the outside racket was canceled.
The horn within Notre Dame Stadium was left detected on Monday morning, with a Zamboni and also a dozen ice crew members using squeegees circling it to protect the ice.
“When there is a lot of rain, so the ice becomes too delicate and you’re talking about potentially having poisonous conditions for its players, and also we don’t desire to set them in that and that I don’t believe anybody is comfortable practicing in a rain storm,” Kris King, ” the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, told NHL.com.
This could be seventh overall outdoor match appearance for the Blackhawks and the Winter Classic appearance. This could be actually the Bruins’ third party Winter outdoor and Classic match in the modern era.
The present prediction for its Winter Classic is the overcast skies and a high of 35 degrees, but no rain.