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  • The Kalamazoo Wings ice hockey team in Michigan has been coloring its ice since 1982.
  • The ice is painted with a special paint that absorbs into the water, painting the rink with a Zamboni or a hand sprayer, before covering the paint with a layer of ice.
  • The rainbow ice is expected to debut in January.

A professional hockey team is used to skating in style over colorful ice for decades, but now, it’s planning on taking skating over the rainbow.

"I grew up here, and it was one of these really cool things for the community," the team's general manager, Toni Will, told Accuweather. "And then I started to work for the team, and we slowly started to add different colored ices to our portfolio."


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The Kalamazoo Wings hockey team in Michigan has been coloring its ice since 1982. Now, it plans on debuting rainbow ice for its fans.

"When the pandemic hit, we were dark in that season due to all the restrictions that were going on in our state," Will said. "So we had to wait that full year, and now we're able to bring it to life this year."

The ice is painted with a special paint that absorbs into the water, painting the rink with a Zamboni or a hand sprayer, before covering the paint with a layer of ice.

The team’s first game on colored ice this year will take place on Oct. 30. The rainbow ice is expected to debut in January.


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Published on Oct 19, 2021