There’s no shortage of mould in the ice.
But the problem is growing exponentially in the National Hockey League.
As of July 1, there were 1,957,078 reports of “white river moldings” or “white mold” on NHL game equipment, according to a study by the Hockey Industry Association.
The study also found that there have been more than 1,600 cases of “black mould” in the league since the start of the season.
The NHL has a history of dealing with the issue.
The league implemented a policy last season to prevent black mould from forming on ice surfaces.
However, there was a high level of frustration among players who felt the system was not working.
In September, the league began using a foam coating on all of its ice surfaces, but it didn’t prevent the spread of black mould.
The National Hockey Foundation said the foam coating, while effective, isn’t enough to keep all of the “black mold” from forming.
“We know it’s an important step,” said Mike Condon, director of the foundation’s research and advocacy division.
“It’s good to have it in place, but we want to make sure it’s a proactive approach.
The foundation has created a list of recommendations for the NHL that would prevent black mold from forming in the future.