Friday’s game will certainly look different at Stockton Arena. But will it play different?
The Thunder and San Francisco Bulls will play on the Stockton Arena ice which is adorned with paintings of more than 800 youngsters, courtesy of the “Kids Take Over Stockton Arena” promotion following Sunday’s 5-1 Stockton win against the Bulls. The ice is literally covered with youth grafitti, and it looks really cool.
But will it affect the players. Stockton practiced on it for the first time on Wednesday, and admitted it was different.
“It took a little getting used to, and at first it was a little tricky to see the puck,” Thunder captain Garet Hunt said. “But you make adjustments, and it was great to do for the kids. It will be the same for both teams.”
Said goalie Brian Foster: “It will be a little different at first. But once we get playing, I don’t think it will be that big of a deal.”
After Friday’s game, the paintings will be cleared from the ice.