Unfortunately for a Zamboni driver for the Detroit Red Wings, he had to go in the garage while he was on the job resurfacing the ice for the team – so instead of going to the bathroom, he decided to just pee in a drain between two Zambonis.
70-year old Al Sobotka was a Zamboni driver for Red Wings for 51 years, starting when he was just 17 years old. And over the years, Sobotka was a fixture at NHL games at Little Caesars Arena, being known for spinning an octopus over his head after it was thrown onto the ice by fans.
Al Sobotka, Caretaker of the Ice, Collector and Wielder of Octopi, and Hockey Warlock, is celebrating FIFTY years with the @DetroitRedWings. The man is an INSTITUTION, for crying out loud. Chris Osgood takes a moment to speak about the close friend and legend that is Al. #LGRWpic.twitter.com/kzYF2dzccd