We've never been fortunate to make a demand like the Gear Daddies and forcefully tell a rink operator "I Wanna Drive the Zamboni," but we imagine it to be a pretty fun experience. Experiencing it drunk would likely take to a whole different level, however.
In January, 34-year-old Joel Bruss was arrested for operating a Zamboni drunk at the Hayes Park Arena in Apple Valley, Minn. A normal 10-minute job of resurfacing the ice turned into close to a half an hour. As parents and young players looked on, Bruss cleaned the ice like a teenager mowing your lawn for the first time, leaving patches yet to be scraped.
Bruss was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and was charged as court documents Thursday revealed his blood-alcohol content was .32, four times the legal limit.
KARE 11 in Minnesota has video of Bruss' driving skills shot by a Pee Wee player awaiting to get on the ice (one bit of NSFW language):