You know how Bob always talks about the coliseum being ``the big ice'' and the Michigan teams always having ``the smaller ice?'' I've been trying to do some research on that to find out exactly what the dimensions are. We know for fact that Port Huron is smaller, about 185 X 85. Team officials in those other cities have told me that Flint and Kalamzoo are exactly regulation, 200 X 85, and that Muskegon might be a tad smaller, but not by much, maybe a foot or two. The funny thing is, somebody from Muskegon told me that Kalamazoo is definitely smaller.
The really weird thing is that they think Fort Wayne is bigger than regulation by a few feet. The league says Kalamazoo, Flint and Muskegon are all regulation, but the Komets players all swear they are smaller. They believe Flint and Muskegon are a little shorter and Kalamazoo is a little narrower. My gut tells me Kalamazoo might be a little narrower, but that also might be the lower perspective I get from sitting closer to rinkside.
It's not a scandal or anything but it is interesting and is the type of thing that makes minor league hockey unique.
Anybody got any thoughts on this?
We're also still looking for memories of what Bob has meant to you to possibly be included in his autobiography. So far we've gotten about 10 responses which have been exceptional. We talked to Mike Emrick last night and he's going to write the foreward. Can't do any better than that!