LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) --Whether you watch hockey or not, you are probably familiar with a Zamboni, the big machine that glides over the ice between periods.
Imagine driving on of those things. You can.
Two or three times a year folks pay $200 per person to go from the classroom, to the back rooms and to the ice rink at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md.
They are here for Zamboni school, which is a time to learn the intricacies of the machine that resurfaces the ice.
Ed Tydings is from Rochester, NY and received a visit back to school courtesy of a Christmas present from his wife.
"We go to a lot of hockey games. I can't tell you how many times I've sat in the stands between periods and said boy I'd really like to take a spin on the Zamboni and she paid attention to me and got me a Christmas present."
They made the eight hour trek from Rochester to make Ed's dream come true.
"It was a real high."
The retired computer software man was not alone. Four others took the class, including a systems accountant and a home improvement contractor. Even WUSA9 Diane Roberts sat in.
Diane Roberts learned a lot up on the Zamboni as it's called. They go about 25 to 30 miles per hour. They cost about $75,000 to $80,000. The cutting surface is about 77 inches wide and they weigh about two tons, which makes them a little hard to handle. Diane Roberts ended up fishtailing all over the ice trying to make a right turn.
One last thing, in case you didn't know; Zamboni is the name of a 'particular' brand of ice resurfacing machine.
While they all do the same thing: cut, condition and resurface the ice. They can't all be called a Zamboni.
Our research shows there are about a dozen Zamboni schools around the country. At least two rinks in the D.C. metro area offer it.