When you get home after a hard night at the rink, it can be hard to see where you left your black carpet, so if you’ve been keeping your black hockey pads out of your home lately, you might want to try removing it.
“Black carpet remains a major source of debris in many NHL arenas,” says a study published in the International Journal of Cleaning and Cosmetology.
The study, conducted by the Canadian Tire Centre, found that black carpets in the U.S. accounted for up to 80% of total ice debris.
That’s a big increase from 10% in the early 2000s, when the average NHL rink was in pristine condition.
The most common type of black carpet was “shelved” or “padded,” and was often coated with polyurethane or other materials.
The researchers found that a full 50% of all carpet debris on the ice was covered with black carpet.
The white carpet in your rink?
That’s probably not covered with anything, either.
The NHL is also cracking down on the spread of carpet debris.
“The goal is to keep these types of debris out of the rink and to provide the best possible conditions for the equipment to operate,” said NHL senior vice president of corporate communications Joe Nieuwenhuis.
“Our goal is always to improve conditions on the rink for our players, our staff and the fans who come to see us.”
In the end, the researchers say that it’s a matter of time before the carpet is gone.
“We expect the black carpet to disappear within the next 10 to 15 years,” said Dr. Chris Bresnahan, a professor of environmental science at the University of Ottawa.
Bresnaan says it’s possible that some of the black carp will eventually settle on ice surfaces and get stuck on the equipment.
“What I would expect is that a lot of them will not just stay on the surface but will also accumulate on the pipes that they’re hanging on, or they will go in the snow,” he said.
“You might have to put something down there to remove it.”