PRE-GAME COMMENTS FROM DAN CRAIG, NHL FACILITIES OPERATIONS MANAGER
BOSTON (January 1, 2010) — An interview with Dan Craig, NHL Facilities Operations Manager, at Fenway Park, Friday morning, prior to the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic:
Q: What is your last-minute evaluation of the ice conditions?
A: Awesome. The Good Lord couldn’t have done better for us right now.
Q: Take us through your mindset the morning of each of the Winter Classics.
A: Buffalo, for me, was very stressful. (I was) Praying that we could have a good game. Chicago, with our new equipment: Nervous, but confident in our equipment and the crew and knowing we were going to have a good game – which we did. And today, it is a calm confidence that we are going to have an awesome, awesome day at the park.
Q: What will you do in these last moments before the game?
A: Today is different from Chicago, due to the weather and how warm it’s going to be. My crew can monitor ice conditions as they’re happening on the field of play. I will be in tune with them and with the engineer on the truck, because I have to make sure that the truck goes down slowly in temperature as the temperature rises outside.
Q: What is the temperature of the ice?
A: Right on target – within tenths of a degree of the target, which is 24 degrees. We’re right where we want to be.