Today, Google honors Frank Zamboni with a really cool video game doodle. From where I sit, the weather is freezing rain and cold so this doodle seems very appropriate on a day like this. The doodle is reminiscent of the old Atari arcade games, except the graphics are a little better. The premise of the game is pretty simple. An ice skater comes out and messes up the ice. It’s your job to operate the Zamboni machine to resurface the ice. There is a catch though, you have to make sure you don’t run out of gas. Each level presents a little more difficulty. It’s not a bad way to pass some time while you are bored.
So what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Zamboni? For me, hockey came to the top of mind however, for many, it may be ice skating that comes to mind. That’s OK because Zamboni has been honored by both sports by being inducted in the World Figure Skating Hall Of Fame in 2006 and the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. Zamboni’s ice resurfacer was actually patented with his name and like Coke is to the soft drink world, Zamboni is the name most associated with all ice resurfacers, even if it’s a different brand. Zamboni also developed technology to clean indoor turf and to remove paint stripes from turf too. The Zamboni family still runs the company he started in the 50’s. The company has sold over 10,000 ice resurfacers.
If you would like to learn a little more about Zamboni, play today’s doodle and at the end of the game you will see a little magnifying glass symbol. Click that symbol and you will be taken to all kinds of facts about Zamboni from Google.