Stockton Thunder Takes to Painted Ice

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The ice at Stockton Arena was covered by the art of 845 kids this week ahead of the Stockton Thunder’s Friday-night game against the San Francisco Bulls.

It’s a first for professional hockey.

“My dad and sister drew a flower and underneath it says, ‘the Flores family,’” young painter Brianna Flores said.

As the puck travelled all over the Thunder ice at lightning speeds, some fans say the art is beautiful – especially at a bird’s eye view, but following the match was difficult.

“The puck is black. It’s easier to follow when the ice is white,” Veronica Flores said.

Even the coach said earlier this week, players would have to adjust

“It takes getting used to,” Head Coach Rich Kromm said.

Logos and ice markings remained intact but for some, the color of the ice didn’t matter. Being at the arena to experience the Thunder on their home rink was more than enough.

“It’s my dream to come to a hockey game,” fan Robert Barkus said. “I’ve been to so many other sporting events.”

The Thunder ultimately fell to the Bulls 4-2.

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