A video of a New Brunswick boy clearing ice in Mini Zamboni was spread by word of mouth on Friday after being reposted by the National Hockey League (NHL).
Marty Alain from Sante Marie de Kent posted a video of her five-year-old son Nicholas on Facebook, but wasn’t sure if it would be noticed.
“That’s what I did for fun … I didn’t expect it to spin on the internet,” says Allain. “It’s really cool.”
The video shows Nicholas cleaning an ice skating rink in the backyard with a Zamboni made of children’s trucks and some additional gear. Immediately after sharing the video, the NHL contacted him and asked if he could repost on social media.
“I had to see it twice, I couldn’t believe they asked me to post this on their website,” Alain said.
“It was a bit of a joke for our house here and our friends,” he said, adding that he didn’t expect to get thousands of views.
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Alain says it took about two hours to make a mini zamboni and also made a link.
“It’s my first year to build it,” Allain said, adding that the idea came as the coronavirus pandemic continued in the state and Link and the arena were preparing to close.
Nicholas is only five years old, but he has already found a passion for ice.
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“He likes to skate and play,” says Alain. “And every night he likes to take it out and pretend to be a real Zamboni driver.”
Alain admits that after Nicholas clears the link, he usually needs to fix the link, but his son says he’s doing it well.
Nicholas has been skating since he was three years old, and last year was the first year of organized sports. Even though there was a team around him, the boy was attracted to Zamboni.
“My son didn’t want to go to the dressing room until Zamboni finished his turn last year,” says Alain.
“We were always like’let’s go, let’s go’. He stayed on the bench and watched Zamboni go, so Zamboni is pretty special to him.”
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Alain says Nicholas loves hockey and is inspired by local player Lucas Cormier.
Cormier, also from Sante Married Kent, signed with the Vegas Golden Knights last month.
“This Christmas, I had to buy (Nicholas) all the sweaters and toque hats,” says Allain. “Next year, when all the COVIDs are complete, (Cormier) will probably be able to join our link.”
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Alain says Nicholas still doesn’t understand that his video was spread by word of mouth, but the family saves everything as he knows when he’s old enough.
“He knows the NHL. He knows a little about what’s going on, but when we talk about it, he’s all blurry,” says Allain.
The word was passed on to other family and friends.
“At COVID, no one is around. Here in Moncton, we are in the red stage, so no one can come to our skating rink, etc … but our family and friends, I Received messages from people who didn’t talk for a long time, “he said.
Alain says the family plans to expand their link next year, and it will be in Nicholas to maintain it.
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