This year we are changing up how we introduce new center ice designs to the site...
The Ice Analysis was recently added to the site to be a dedicated section to take a deep dive into center ice design. We will still continue to do that over on the blog, but we decided to make the Ice Analysis focus more on new center ice designs.
Previously, when teams installed their ice, we would simply upload the new design to the center ice archive and let you figure out what had changed on your own. In many cases, the changes were pretty straight forward. However, there were also some subtle changes to the center ice layouts that may have gone unnoticed.
This year we are going to solve that problem. When a team changes up their ice design, we will cover all of the changes on the Ice Analysis page. You will find previews of this on the homepage as well. We will list all changes and give our take on the new look and whether or not it was an improvement. Each page will feature a before and after photo so you can see the changes for yourself, even the most subtle ones. We will also include a quick look at the full rink and a focus image on the center ice area. Finally, we will include a link on each page that takes you straight to that team's center ice archive so you can view the rink in high-resolution and view all previous designs the team has used.
Finally, on each page we will ask your for your thoughts on the changes, and the ice design in general. We hope you will leave comments and some of these comments will even be used to influence future center ice concepts.