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Tim Swords, operations manager at Scotiabank Place, applies a coat of paint to the goal crease during the ice installation yesterday afternoon. Inset: Greg Gieg, event services manager at Scotiabank Place, puts the finishing touches on one of the blue-lines.


After the shortest summer in Ottawa Senators history, the chill is back at Scotiabank Place. Crews started installing the ice yesterday morning and painted the new Senators logo at centre ice.

According to operations manager Tim Swords, the ice surface will be 1.5 inches thick when it’s finished and will stay frozen at a temperature of -8.3 C until the last home game.

When there is a concert at Scotiabank Place, the ice is covered by insulated flooring. It takes approximately 25 people nearly five hours to prepare the ice for a concert and it takes six to eight hours to return it to game condition. The centre line, the blue-lines and the red end lines each require four litres of paint.

In other Sens news, the team is recruiting for their Direct Energy Power Patrol for the 2007-08 season. The patrol takes part in promotions at Senators’ home games.

Candidates should be athletic, outgoing, comfortable on camera, possess excellent skating skills and be over the age of 18. Applicants must describe in 100 words or less why they would be an ideal candidate.

Applications are due by tomorrow and can be sent to employment@ottawasenators.com.