Earlier this week and because it’s August, we bought you news that the “Spamboni,” the ice resurfacing machine that advertised that mysterious meat product in Minnesota rinks in the 1970s, was for sale.
The auction is over. And the winner has some interesting bloodlines to the NHL.
Dave Langevin, is the son of the Dave Langevin that won four Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders as a defenseman. His father grew up in St. Paul.
Langevin, a 36-year-old attorney from Plymouth, said he could not help but buy the slice of local hockey history Thursday from Visit St. Paul and Xcel Energy Center, which put the machine up for sale last week. He heard about it through Twitter posts.
"It's not every day you get an opportunity to buy a Zamboni, especially one that was around for so many years," said Langevin, whose dad has the same first name. "I figured I better seize the moment."
Hockey fans might recall watching the yellow and blue Zamboni in between periods of Minnesota Fighting Saints games during the 1970s and at high-school hockey state tournaments and Minnesota Moose games.
He met the asking price of $2,000 – all of which went to local charities and funds – but that’s just for the as-is Spamboni. It needs a little work. Langevin plans on doing it, in order for the machine to maintain his backyard rink.
No word what the Langevins ate to celebrate winning this auction.