Hoping to keep fans entertained at Friday’s hockey game at the University of Michigan, Zamboni operator Tom Henley performed nearly five minutes of tricks at halftime.
Wowing fans with his combination of technical skill and an innate sense of showmanship, Henley offered the audience an array of moves including a McTwist, a Fender Grab, and three ollies.
“I’ve been to a lot of hockey games before, but never one like this,” said Wolverines fan David Hansen. “Before the Zamboni even came out, they were blaring ‘We Are The Champions.’ Then, he came rolling out at top speed. He was going at least 70 miles per hour. It seemed like he was going to crash for a second, but then the Zamboni spun into a full backflip and stuck the landing.”
“The Zamboni hung in the air for at least seven seconds,” said Sarah McMillan, also at the game. “Henley made it look effortless. I was disappointed when the Zamboni rolled off the ice and I realized we had to go back to just watching a hockey game.”
At press time, Henley was seen using the Zamboni to grind down the stadium’s railings after the game.