Confessions of a Zamboni Driver

Chris Seward

Everything you always wanted to know about ice resurfacing (but were afraid to ask)


How thick is the ice?

The typical rink carries about one and a half inches of ice. This thickness provides a safe surface to handle all of an arena’s programming needs, from hockey to figure skating. Most arenas that host professional teams will carry about three-quarters of an inch of ice because these arenas have more time for maintenance and far less programming, leading to a higher quality sheet of ice.

How difficult is it to be a Zamboni driver?

If you can drive a car, you can drive an ice resurfacer. Most people can be out making a sheet of ice on the first day. However, it takes practice to become a true operator…