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"You have to get everything ready.  The building has to look good, the building has to look nice, and then at the same time, you've got to have the ice ready," says Maysa Arena lead supervisor, Larry McFall. "Without the ice, there's no reason to be here."


Not every spectator may realize just how much work and how many hours go into getting a sheet of ice ready for a hockey game or skating event. At the Maysa Arena in Minot, Larry McFall has been working at ice rinks since 1975.

"Our crew isn't large enough like some rinks where you can have your ice guys and your cleaning guys and your maintenance guys," says McFall. "We basically have two shifts each day that have to do everything."

Maysa Arena hosts games for teams of all ages, pee-wee hockey all the way up to Minot State.  It's a constant job of cleaning the facility, setting up the clock and scoreboards, getting ticket tables ready, and preparing the ice.

The ice crew starts with an edging machine near the boards, then moves on to the zamboni.

"What that does is it scraps up the old snow, picks that up, lays a nice wash water layer down, that shoots into the ice, into the cracks, to hopefully fill those," says McFall. Then we come by with the squeegee, then your cutting blade, and then your new fresh hot water. Does it all in one step, takes us 10 minutes to do one zamboni job on the rink.

When the Minot State Club Hockey Team is playing, skaters can take more than a quarter-inch of ice off the level throughout the game.  It's a non-stop job for McFall and his crew, but he takes pride in seeing teams of all ages have a fun time on the ice.

"I would like a completely nice shiny surface with no skate marks, and when you obtain that, which we almost did tonight before this game, it's pretty close, you go hey, this is a good sheet of ice to start out on," says McFall. 


 

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