Hockey season is almost here and while Rapid City Rush players are enjoying their last week off, some are making sure the ice is ready for them when they return.
Ice specialists spent last week filling the arena with more than 12-thousands gallons of water.
After adding white paint to much of the water, and laying advertisements, specialists spent Monday smoothing out the entire rink.
Nathan Kleinschmit says they have to finish the job before tomorrow morning because some of the Rush players plan on hitting the ice during an open skate session.
"We're confident we can get it done," said Kleinschmit. "You know the main thing is we definitely do take pride in it, we want the best sheet of ice possible that we can have for skaters and hockey teams."
Only 1 1/4 inches of ice is frozen above the six inches of concrete, but Kleinschmit says the more ice, the quicker it melts.
The Rush have won the award for "Best Ice" in the Central Hockey League the past three seasons.
The team starts practice on October, 7th, and they host their first preseason game on October 17th.