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An Awesome Tribute To One Of Hockey’s Unsung Heroes: The Inventor Of The Zamboni
January 16, 2013
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Okay Canada, if you don't get much work done today we'll understand why.

It's because of today's Google Doodle, which pays tribute to one of the unsung heroes of hockey - Frank Zamboni.

Frank, if you haven't already figured it out, invented the Zamboni - aka the world's first self-propelled ice-resurfacing machine.

In his honour, Google has turned its logo into an ice rink and a game, where you get points for cleaning scuffmarks off the ice. Check it out at the top of the page.

To start, click the play button on the centre of the logo, then watch as skaters play hockey.

Using your arrow keys, you can control a Zamboni that floods the ice. Just make sure you don't run out of gas.

You can collect fuel cans, coffee pots and ice creams to boost your power and earn bonus points. But watch out for the banana peels - they slow you down.

Zamboni came up with his machine in Los Angeles in 1949 and trademarked it in his own name. He died in 1988 and was posthumously inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

Zamboni was born in Eugene, Utah, to Italian immigrant parents. Today, he would have turned 112.

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