There sure has been a lot of rushing around since the long and arduous lockout ended. As soon as the paperwork was agreed upon to end the stalemate, everything has been going at 100 miles an hour.
From a one-week training camp, to hastily organized fan events, to non-stop action over the first three days of the season.
For the hundreds of people responsible for preparing the ice surfaces in arenas across the National Hockey League, it hasn't been any slower.
David Guralnick, a photographer for The Detroit News, decided to document this important work with a great time-lapse video showing Joe Louis Arena return to its natural state.
Over a two-day period, photographer David Guralnick created a time-lapse video - edited down to roughly 3,800 separate frames — that shows Joe Louis Arena being transformed from an auto show venue to an ice rink; a 48-hour job reduced to 2 minutes and 12 seconds.
The transformation took place from 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17, according to Guralnick, who first had to receive permission from the Red Wings before going to work.
"I hung the camera up in the catwalks above the arena, looking for an angle that would show the entire rink when they were finished," Guralnick said. "I'd say I was about 10 feet away from the roof, so I'd say I was way up there."