The Edmonton Oilers have hired a veteran concrete cutting specialist to work on concrete and structural projects for the team, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday.
In the past two years, the Oilers have cut concrete, cement and asphalt for more than $10 million, Chiarello said in a statement.
The team will employ the veteran cutter as an associate to work with the team’s concrete and asphalt cutting crews.
The Edmonton Oilers’ season opener against the Boston Bruins was the first of several concrete projects announced in the coming weeks.
The Oilers announced Tuesday that they would be installing a new, permanent ice surface on the ice surface next season.
The club said the surface will replace a 1.3-mile-long concrete bridge on the side of the ice rink and replace the original bridge that was built in 1996.
The ice surface will also replace the ice at the Edmonton Oilers’ training complex and at the training facility at the Pepsi Center.
The new ice surface is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season.