2A - Thursday, February 8, 2007
The Extremist Arbor Anecdotes
Before You Were Here
The ice man driveth
Kevin Bushey captains the Zamboni at Yost
Young hockey fans everywhere
grow up dreaming of driving the
Zamboni. it slides effortlessly across
the ice, drawing the attention of the
Kevin Bushey was one of those
"When you're 10, you think 'Wow,
if only I could get a discount on fro-
zen Cokes and nachos - and ride the
Zamboni," he said.
Bushey is one of four full-time
drivers who operate Yost Ice Arena's
two Zamboni ice resurfacers.
Bushey landed the driver job at
Yost after substitute-teaching learn-
to-skate lessons on weekends at the
arena while a student at Washtenaw
Community College. He started as a
part-time driver on Saturday nights.
When a full-time opening arose, he
Bushey works at Yost five days a
week, driving the Zamboni and doing
maintenance around the rink.
He said it took him about three
years experience before he felt atease
driving the Zamboni.
He said all drivers fear running out
of fuel, hitting the boards or sliding
out of control. An average Zamboni
tops out at 9 miles an hour.
"I take driving the Zam so serious
that it's all business to me," Bushey
He said he especially enjoys being
chosen to work varsity hockey games.
Bushey said he loves helping the Wol-
verines anyway he can.
"If there's anything I can do to help
them prevail through the NCAA, it's
something I'm happy to do and am
excited about," he said.
Bushey is particular about the
The ice's surface temperature is
strictly kept at between 19 and 21
degrees. It varies slightly depending
on outside weather conditions.
"I really do put my nose to the
grindstone when it comes to making
ice," he said.
Bushey said he shares a connection
with the other Zamboni drivers.
"We share a common want and
need for Michigan to do well and we
all contribute in some way or anoth-
er," he said. "That's how we bond."
After almost five years of driv-
ing, Bushey's favorite part of his job
is being around hockey legends like
Head Coach Red Berenson and the
different players each year.
"It's quite a privilege to be around
them," he said.
Bushey said he will continue to
enjoy his job because of his interest in
the arena's traditions and the detailed
work of maintaining the ice's condi-
tion and the tradition of the arena
The Zamboni seems to have a mag-
netic property for people.
"There's very few things in life that
people will stare at," he said. "One of
them is the Zamboni."
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Kevin Bushey, who regularly drives the Zamboni during
hockey games at Yost Ice Arena, washes the machine
Tuesday night. Bushey said when he began driving the
Zamboni, he was afraid of crashing into the rink's boards.
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