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Dallas Stars Daily Links: The Cotton Bowl Gets Ready For Its Winter Classic Close-Up

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The Dallas landmark prepares for a new ice age. Plus, Roope Hintz’s Twitter takeover, Andrei Svechnikov’s Michigan rag, and more.

2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Rink Build Out Photo by Sam Hodde/NHLI via Getty Images

There are few things that say the Winter Classic is really real, and really here, like the arrival of ice. The NHL has brought its experts, and the Cotton Bowl is getting ready for its moment in the sun – or wind, or snow, or (heaven forbid) rain.

A veritable army of technicians will build out the rink and install a 300-ton refrigeration unit that removes heat from the ice surface and stabilizes its temperature at about 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Dallas Stars legends Marty Turco and Brenden Morrow were on hand to watch the process begin, and they shared their excitement with correspondent Josh Clark:

“This is a big day for us,” Turco said. “It’s been a great year for our organization. To get this game and watch that truck roll up here today, it’s pretty cool for our group. We’re not shocked about the ticket sales or anything. Our fans are the best and they’re going to get rewarded with a great game in this building.”

”Back in the early ‘90’s, people didn’t expect hockey to be in Dallas, nevertheless to have an outdoor game here,” Morrow said. “It’s pretty unexpected. We’ve come a long way and it’s a big treat and a big thrill for the Dallas Stars to be able to host it.”

Dallas has experienced its usual share of warm and sunny weather this month. But Derek King, NHL senior manager of facilities operations/hockey operations, isn’t fazed:

“The weather is a challenge for all of these outdoor games, so we’ll monitor that closely,” King said. “We’ve got a monitoring system that we’ll put in the ice and a weather station on the field. If it’s going to be bright and sunny during the day, we’ll cover the sheet.

”The making of the ice will be done overnight. It will be a lot of long nights for the crew that will be doing that.”

Read more about it. [NHL]


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