Friday, August 5, 2011

Ken Grabeldinger, 1950s Clinton Comets, Still a Rink Rat in Alabama

Here's an update on Ken Grabeldinger who played center with Clinton Comets, New Haven Blades and Johnstown Jets in the mid 1950s.

Zamboni driver Ken Grabeldinger has cool job on hot days at Pelham ice rink
Published: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 9:30 AM

PELHAM, Alabama -- Whether it's winter or blazing hot outside, Ken Grabeldinger has one of the coolest jobs around.
The 78-year-old Shelby County man and former professional hockey player drives a Zamboni -- an ice rink resurface machine -- as part of his job as assistant supervisor of the Pelham Civic Complex's two skating rinks.
"What a great place to work," Grabeldinger said with a smile Wednesday.
On an average day Grabeldinger will resurface rink ice four or five times using a Zamboni. The complex has two Zambonis, one for each rink. On a busy day it may take a dozen times.
Grabeldinger has been driving ice resurfacing machines nearly 50 years and has been around ice rinks longer than that.
A native of Saskatoon, a city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Grabeldinger started playing hockey when he was 5 or 6 years old.
Grabeldinger said that in 1964 he took a job managing the Clinton Arena rink in Clinton, N.Y., where he had spent part of his time with one of the farm teams. He left that job in 1985.
A former hockey player, he says he worked on the 4th Zamboni in the USA which was built on a Jeep frame.
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