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Rideau Canal ice concerns for all-star game events

01/25/2012 06:49 EST | Updated 03/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Organizers of events centred around the NHL all-star game in Ottawa are crossing their fingers that colder weather is coming.

Events planned for this weekend on the Rideau Canal include a Thursday afternoon skate down the canal with all of the NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup, as well as a Friday night skate and a Saturday junior hockey skills competition.

But the canal has been closed since Monday after freezing rain and warming temperatures created poor ice conditions.

National Capital Commission spokeswoman Jasmine Leduc said they remain optimistic the ice will be ready.

"We're hoping the skateway is open to allow the trophy process," said Leduc.

"At this point, nobody is allowed on the skateway — no trucks, no ATVs," she said. "We've put maintenance operations on hold in order to minimize damage to the skateway."

The unseasonably warm temperatures could affect one of the other all-star game festivities. Mike Muli has encased all 30 NHL jerseys in ice blocks, but he said with temperatures hovering near zero, he expects his creations will be fine.

"I'm not worried at all," said Muli. "It's getting colder this afternoon and everything will freeze up."

Crews should be back on the canal Wednesday ensuring the ice surface is good enough for skating.

For updates on the ice conditions call 613-239-5234 or go online.

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