Olympic Ice

by barbaragarn

The only Olympic sheets in town that I know of are at Bloomington, Plymouth and the National Sports Center (Schwan’s, in Blaine).

I was thinking about the difference between skating on a NHL-size sheet and playing on an Olympic one. It’s only 15 feet wider, for a total of 400 square feet difference (or 20 percent… if I got the math right).

Do you notice the difference when you’re on an Olympic sheet? Do you change your play? I have to confess that I don’t. The only thing I notice is that people seem to get tired faster, though I’m first to admit that it’s probably all in our heads.

Goalies–I bet the Olympic sheet, with its bigger corners, changes your game some. How? What do you do to adjust?