The MTS Centre began looking like a hockey arena again on Tuesday as ice technicians got to work.
“It’s exciting to have the Jets back,” said Derek King, chief engineer and manager of ice operations. “It’s an exciting time. We’re looking forward to the season and getting hockey going.”
King and his crew painted the white areas of the logo on Monday, which were prepped for their on-ice installation. The surface should be skate-ready by Wednesday night or Thursday in time for when training camp eventually opens, he said.
Besides concerts, MTS Centre has been sitting quiet the last few months due to the NHL lockout. Now that a deal has been struck, it’s expected teams will begin playing shortly after the league’s board of governors ratifies the CBA on January 10.
The abbreviated league schedule will be released following the ratification, at which point the Jets will contact season ticket holders.