Posts Tagged ‘Zamboni

10
Apr
09

Zamboni Driving 101

ph2009040904165Watching the Zamboni make its way around the ice, many a fan has dreamed of driving the beautiful contraption. At the Herbert Wells ice rink in College Park, Maryland you can have just that opportunity. Several times a year, for a $90 fee, ($75 if you sign up in advance) you can take a two-night Zamboni training course. There they will teach you the basics of blade changing, tank filling, scraping patterns and the all important vehicle storage. Of course, most people are there just to ride around on the big lumbering machine.

“People are just fascinated by them,” said Russell Barrett, the rink’s head Zamboni wrangler and the night’s instructor. “They line up to watch as we do cuts,” the professional term for the Zam’s periodic solo performances between hockey periods and breaks in the all-skate. “The kids wave. It makes some of the guys nervous to operate it with all the people watching.”

According to Barrett, the most eager participants are young men and dads, although occasionally a woman will come to take the class too. Slow moving machine plus maintaining an ice surface and moving in circles? Sign me up!

[Washington Post]

10
Mar
09

This Zamboni is a Party Machine

bn2lne2kkgrhgoh-deejlll1e6ubjrtf26j7q_12When a Zamboni reaches the end of its life, they are usually just shunted off to junk yards or some two-bit ice rink, but if I were one, this is how I’d want to spend my golden years. Even better, this one could be yours–or mine if you bought it for me–via eBay.

After spending 25 years in service, this Zamboni features a full tiki bar on board, along with the requisite grass skirts, bamboo mats, disco lamps and of course the tiny umbrellaed drinks. The ice scraper and heating equipment has been removed, leaving this vehicle ready to party anywhere you can think of, it would make a perfect “Thank You Slanch” gift for all the lovely post gifts I leave for y’all. Unfortunately, the tiki girls are NOT included in the auction…

[eBay via Puck Daddy]

19
Dec
08

Zamboni Down!

As Chicago gears up for the upcoming Blackhawks/Red Wings outdoor game at Wrigley Field, all the necessary preparations are being made. For instance, what’s a hockey game without a zamboni? Of course, this being Chicago and Wrigley Field, nothing comes easy. I’d be concerned about the Blackhawks if I were one of their fans after seeing this video. The Cubs have gone 100 years sans championship, the Blackhawks have already gone since 1961 since winning one, I’d be staying away from EVERYTHING Cubs. At least the White Sox have won recently…




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