A zamboni driver in hockey is someone who typically is a hockey enthusiast and works on a part time basis at games on entry level wages. For most zamboni drivers there is no real certification needed to drive the zamboni, and the new zamboni driver is trained by the old one.
Zamboni drivers are essential for the NHL to keep the ice smooth and reduce injury risk for players, but they don't make very much money. Zamboni Driver Salary: How Much Do NHL’s Ice Workers Actually Make? | Fanbuzz
Controlling the depth of the cut and discharge rate of the water are key skills that separate the Zamboni operators from the Zamboni “drivers.” Operators must also be knowledgeable about ice maintenance procedures, refrigeration, air handling, and the many other countless areas of arena management.
Tomo got started driving Zambonis at Lansing Ice Arena before eventually making his way to Munn, where he had front row seats to Spartan hockey games for over three decades.
Jerry Shallow, the resident Zamboni driver in Renton, is entering his sixth season behind the wheel. “You just need to know how to drive in a circle ... and turn right,” Shallow said.
After both Hurricanes goalies were injured in the game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, David Ayres, who works as a Zamboni driver for the minor league Toronto Marlies, came on to serve as ...
Driving a Zamboni at a hockey game would be a dream job for me, right up there with cutting people's hair. It has always fascinated me, ever since I was a kid, even at park district rinks; to be...
A passionate hockey guy who lights up when talk turns to the ice, Moitz now has even more reasons to smile – 32 million reasons. Overnight, the 24-year-old insurance salesman who drove a Zamboni to make ends meet now dwells in the same economic stratosphere as NHL superstars. But you wouldn’t know it by talking to him.
Ayres, who needed a kidney transplant and had two bouts of skin cancer, according to Sportsnet, is a Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.