“Crashed Ice” is not a description of where the NHL stands at the moment. So if you’re not invested in the day-to-day rhetoric of the NHL’s failed labor talks, let me first congratulate you and direct your attention to another ice game, the Red Bull Crashed Ice series that gets back on its feet again for three days this week in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
For the uninitiated, the Crashed Ice racing concept is very simple. Take a fully suited hockey player, yank the stick out of his hands (the NHL has mastered that trick over the years), and drop him atop the steepest point of a roller coaster track. Then cover the track with a slick sheet of ice, put three other fully suited and totally homicidal racers up there, too, and send them off with a boisterous “Hi Ho, Silver!’’ as they barrel down and attempt to be the first to cover the length of the 1,510-foot track.