Thunder fans paint the ice

STOCKTON, Calif. – On Sunday, the Stockton Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders and the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, hosted "Kids Take Over Stockton Arena Night" presented by We Paint, Dr. Lester Low Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Naf’s Ice Paints, as the Thunder defeated the San Francisco Bulls 5-1 in front of 4,774 fans.

The game allowed 47 members of "Thor’s Puck Patrol" kids club to shadow many different arena and team jobs like broadcasters, journalists, photographers, ushers, ticket sales, and many more, so that they could experience what it takes to put on a hockey game.

After the game, the Thunder allowed kids and their parents down onto the Stockton Arena ice to paint on the actual surface itself. A total of 845 people participated, showcasing their artwork and painting alongside Thunder players who joined them.

The ice will now be sealed over and Stockton will play its next home game on the newly redecorated surface on January 3rd for "WE PAINT the Ice Night" as the Thunder make hockey history as the first team to play on ice covered in fan artwork. Friday’s game will be at 7:30 p.m. PST, also against the San Francisco Bulls.

Click here to see video of the painting process in action.