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Hockey in the Desert

By John Schwartz, New York Times

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday in Las Vegas. The outside temperature before the game was in the 90s Fahrenheit. Credit: Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday in Las Vegas. The outside temperature before the game was in the 90s Fahrenheit.
Credit: Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

My paradox meter just broke.

Back in February we reported on how global warming was messing up the outdoor skating season in Canada and the northern United States. Now, the Stanley Cup finals are being played in Las Vegas, one of America’s hottest cities.

Doesn’t that mean that hockey is contributing to climate change — and maybe its own demise — by building ice palaces in the desert?

Before you give Las Vegas and the National Hockey League too much side eye, it’s worth noting that the league has been working to address environmental issues, including climate change. It has an ongoing sustainability initiative aimed at minimizing the sport’s damage to the environment, and that initiative includes T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights. The city’s leaders, furthermore, have made progress in running the municipal government on renewable energy.

Still. That ice. In the desert. It’s not cheap to make or easy to maintain.

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LA Kings form relationship with BluEco Technology Group

By Jeremy FreebornAXS Contributor

YouTube/STAPLES Center

YouTube/STAPLES Center

The Los Angeles Kings have formed a partnership with the BluEco Technology Group. The purpose of the relationship is to introduce special environmental technology into more arenas and public facilities.

The new environmental technology is BluEco Liquid Crystalline Turbex. This revolutionary management system helps produce pure water and clean indoor air. There is also an economic benefit to the technology because there is a reduction in energy costs.

Overall comfort is expected to improve as well. As players adjust to the new technology, there is a possibility that the overall performance could be enhanced as the ice is clearer, harder, more dense and has less impurities. Staples Center meanwhile used the BluEco Liquid Crystalline Turbex as part of a pilot project for the 2017-18 National Hockey League season.

The environmental technology is part of the Kings’ and NHL’s mandate to promote environmentalism, conservation and sustainability. The Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns one half of the Los Angeles Kings, has promoted environmental initiatives in the past, and are strong supporters of the BluEco Technology Group. The LA Galaxy, who are completely owned by AEG, won the Environmental Innovator of the Year Award at the Green Sports Alliance’s Game Changer Awards in Sacramento on June 28, 2017 for their efforts in saving water, conserving energy and reducing pollution.

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Florida Panthers Announce ‘Green’ Initiatives

By: Latest Press Releases from Newswire.com

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​The Florida Panthers announced their ‘Green’ initiatives for the month of March. Panther Conservation Night, St. Patrick’s Day giveaways and recycling highlight the month-long focus on going green. March’s schedule features more home games at BB&T Center than any other month in the 2017-18 regular season.

Throughout this month, the Florida Panthers will encourage proper recycling in-venue with PSAs, digital ticketing and education surrounding the Florida panther.

Fans can already access every hockey game, concert and event at BB&T Center using their mobile and digital devices. Detailed instructions on how to do so can be found at FloridaPanthers.com/digitalticketing.

On March 17th, the Panthers will host the Edmonton Oilers for a 2 p.m. matinee game. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive an exclusive green St. Patrick’s Day Panthers t-shirt. The team will also wear green warm-up jerseys, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Florida Panthers Foundation. Fans can enter to win a team-signed jersey HERE.

On March 24, the club will host its Third-Annual Panther Conservation Night when the Florida Panthers host the Arizona Coyotes at 7 p.m. Featuring educational tables with information from local conservation experts and organizations as well as in-game facts and fundraising opportunities, this night aims to connect the Panthers fan base with the team’s namesake animal.

Throughout the month of March, the Panthers will donate $50,000 to conservation organizations through auctions and the Community Champions Grant Program. More information on the grant program, which allocates $5 million over five years locally presented by Moss Construction, can be found at FloridaPanthers.com/CommunityChampions.

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