ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings honor St. Patrick’s Day – by playing on green ice

The Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL have a tradition every St. Patrick’s Day – turning the ice surface from white to green – and that tradition took place for the 34th straight season Tuesday. Here’s how they did it.

The ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings hosted the Indy Fuel Tuesday night. And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day – and the continuation of what is has become a 34-year-tradition for the franchise – they turned the ice at Wings Stadium surface green.

The team has made a Green Ice Day a tradition since 1982 and it has proven to be one of its more popular games of the year. Here’s a time-lapse video of the makeover prior to Tuesday’s game:

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Although there’s something that doesn’t look quite right about seeing a black puck on a green playing surface, minor professional hockey has been and will forever be known to use just about anything it can to lure in fans – and this stunt is all in good fun.