Slovak ice hockey players participating in the Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava have expressed their dissatisfaction with the quality of ice after their team’s second match, the Sme daily reported, adding that Czech players and Russian goalkeeper Yevgenyi Nabokov have also complained about the quality of the ice.
Slovak team captain Pavol Demitra as well as goalie Jaroslav Halák said that the ice has been gradually softening and pucks keep behaving strangely, while adding that conditions are the same for both teams.
The players said the problems are most visible near the goals and near the area where players leave their benches – saying the frequent scrubbing creates mush-like layers that change the expected paths of pucks.
“Low-quality ice is always worse for the team that strives to be creative and has more technically-skilled players. We felt it mainly during our power plays,” Slovak striker Michal Handzuš told Sme. Teammate Peter Podhradský reported the same feelings about the ice.
The general secretary of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association, Ján Taraba, stated that the association is not even thinking about the quality of ice.
“The Organisation Committee [of the World Championship] received no official complaints. It has stated that the ice complies with the directives of the International Ice Hockey Federation,” Michaela Grendelová, head of the Department for Media Communication, told Sme.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. May 2011 at 14:00