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PHOTO: Nashville ice painted Predators gold for summer

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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At different levels of hockey, we've seen the color of the ice change from time to time. The most common variation has come in the form of pink ice, dyed for good causes like breast cancer awareness. Here's an example from the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.

Thus far, we haven't seen such shenanigans at the NHL level. But this summer, we are going to get a taste of what that might be like, courtesy of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The home ice of the Predators is undergoing a summer makeover, the ice ditching white for a team-appropriate gold. Have a look (via @MeghanHunter20).

The ice in Nashville is getting a tan. (@MeghanHunter20)
The ice in Nashville is getting a tan. (@MeghanHunter20)

Well that's ... eye-catching. And yes, feel free to insert your urine joke here.

It's still not a finished product, and it's already a bit jarring to the senses. The ice should take on its new color completely very soon.

Don't worry. The ice won't stay this shade of Predators gold/mustard yellow for too long. It's the summer, so the Preds are having a little fun, experimenting with the ice. A team spokesperson explained it's part of the organization's attempts to "Goldenize" the franchise, something that people will get to see in public skates over the summer.

As of now, there are no plans for the ice to remain gold even into the preseason. So, really, this just amounts to a "What If" scenario. What if NHL teams were to dye the ice in their colors? We know what it would look like in Nashville now. I guess it would be harder for teams to defend the Predators ... they would blend right into the ice.

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