Red Wings terminate longtime zamboni driver Al Sobotka

This is something completely out of left field.

The Detroit Red Wings and longtime building manager and zamboni driver Al Sobotka have officially parted ways after 51 years as part of the organization. Sobotka was known not only for driving the zamboni and his role as the building manager of Joe Louis Arena but for swinging the famous octopus above his head.

While no reason for their having parted ways was given, The Detroit News confirmed that the long-time Red Wings employee was terminated. Neither side has offered a comment as of yet.

Written by Michael Whitaker

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