Over the years the Kalamazoo Wings have found a different way to celebrate popular holidays with tints to the ice, such as the famous Green Ice Game around March 17 and the Valentine's Day Pink Ice Game.
Hockey is normally played on white ice and changing the color of the ice takes some time and planning.
Ideally, the crew starts painting the ice 48 hours in advance of the game and after applying the pink mix, which is made up of 400 gallons of water and one gallon red paint mixture, they then coat the pink ice with another layer of ice to protect the paint from getting tore up from the players and turning their equipment pink.
In order to keep the ice maintained, the ice crew goes over the ice every half hour with the Zamboni. The K-Wings will host rival Fort Wayne on the pink ice at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Wings will also honor breast cancer survivors on Stick it to Cancer night on the Valentine's Day Pink Ice Game.