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NCAA / Olympia / Ice Report
OlympiaSo I got pretty good with the Olympia in time for the NCAA Midwest Regional games. It is a very different driving strategy, mostly because of how the auger speed varies with the engine RPM, which changes with the throttle. It is important to k...
Posted: 3/30/2014 11:33 PM
Olympia Preparation
Hi All,When last I posted, I had averted disaster while doing some shaving with the Olympia machine. It was not quite ready for prime time because the shaving blade had some dings in it. New, sharp, blades arrived separately from the machine and we w...
Posted: 3/26/2014 4:59 PM
Disaster... Averted
Meanwhile, in Frostbite Falls (for those of you who remember Rocky and Bullwinkle)...When we left off, I was leveling the ice with the Olympia. Let me digress for a moment to discuss the primary difference between Olympia and Zamboni: the power trans...
Posted: 3/25/2014 8:17 PM
Olympia Preparation
Hi All,When the Olympia machine shipped, it was not quite ready-to-roll. The shaving blade was bad. It was dull and had a couple of huge nicks in it that showed up as scars on the ice. We used it for flooding water for the ice-in after the circus. Th...
Posted: 3/23/2014 7:48 PM
Olympia Experiment
I've been in the Zamboni tribe my whole career. I've driven 1960's and 1970's era model HDB machines and 1980's to now's 500-series models. But, if you were not aware, Zamboni is not the only ice resurfacing machine on the market. They were the first...
Posted: 3/20/2014 10:10 PM
The Ice Follies of March 1, 2014
It has been a long time since I have posted. Too long. But I have had a shortage of topics to motivate me to write. The night of March 1, 2014 definitely gave me material! If you were there, you had to have noticed that besides the ice being pink for
Posted: 3/4/2014 6:20 PM
Still bad about posting...
Hello readers. My most recent-drop off from contact may appear to be the most inexcusable. I figured that in my quasi-full time role as Ice Meister, I would have more time to dedicate to blog entries. I was mistaken. Add a dose of general procrastina...
Posted: 1/3/2014 5:50 PM
Coach Skalde Promoted!
Well, folks, it is official. Coach Skalde got a good promotion in the Anaheim organization and will be leaving the Cyclones to become an Assistant Coach with the Norfolk Admirals.This is bittersweet. We are losing a great coach but he's chasing his d...
Posted: 7/10/2013 9:42 PM
Q&A Answer #3
justmom on Section 60 asked:"I have 1 for you...Is it true that figure skaters and hockey players like the ice at different temps? If so how do you deal with that for disney on ice and other figure skating events?Yes, hockey players like the ice to b...
Posted: 3/12/2013 12:36 AM
Yes, I have been a bad blogger again this year. So much to do, so little time.I get about a 10 day break because the circus is in town. This is the only time during the year when the ice comes out completely. After the Cyclones victory against Evansv...
Posted: 3/11/2013 12:31 AM
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