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Butte Ice Rink Lays Down Lines and Paint

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With hockey season right around the corner, there needs to be a place to skate.

So last night, dozens of volunteers were at the Butte Community Ice Rink, putting down the proper paint and lines.

"So we started out tonight by putting the lines down,” said Justin Brunell with the Butte Community Ice Rink. “Last week, we started out with just the ice. We painted it nice and white. This week, we're painting and putting the lines down."

What started as a blank slab of concrete was quickly covered with water that froze to ice.

Soon after the ice was painted white, covered by another layer of ice, and then ready for lines.

With the use of kray paper, lines for hockey and curling were laid on the ice last night slowly and with precision.

"As soon as all of the lines are down, we'll spray a very fine layer of water on top of it, and then start to build it up a little bit more,” Brunell said. “Than we'll be able to run the Oly over the top."

The lines weren't the only thing being put down.

Logos were also laid at center ice, including the new Butte Cobras logo; an expansion team of the Western States Hockey League that is new to Butte this year.

"Growing up the only logo we really had was the Butte Blues,” said Cobras forward Noakes Gordon. “When I played for the Copper City Kings we didn't have a logo on there. So seeing the Cobras logo, it's pretty cool because we have Tech here, high school. Having our logo, it's nice."

"Yesterday myself and a couple of other guys came out and we laid the logo,” said Cobras Head Coach Jason Dobes. “It turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to. We weren't sure how it was going to look. Being out here looking at it today, it's coming together nicely."

With the Cobras new to town and the newly painted ice, rink representatives hope the center becomes more of a staple in the Mining City.

"Hopefully it gets more publicity, brings out more people for curling, figure skating, speed skating, you name it,” Brunell said. “The rink it here, and hopefully it gets used more."

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