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Name: Dennis R. Bushy

Organization Name:  Moorhead Youth Hockey

Address:  707 SE Main Ave

City:     Moorhead  State:  MN  Zip:  56560

Email:  bushy@moorheadyouthhockey.com
Phone #: 1-218-236-6650

Website:  www.moorheadyouthhockey.com

 

Tell us how you got into the industry?  

Involved in hockey for over 60 years, opportunity came to run the arena and I snatched it up. 

 

How many years have you been in the ice arena industry? 

30 years 

 

What type of Ice Resurfacer does you facility operate? 

Electric Zamboni 

 

What type of Ice Edger does your facility operate? 

Electric Olympia 

 

What is the size of your ice sheet? 

200’ x 85’ – 2 sheets 

 

What type of floor do you have in your facility? (Sand/Cement/Other) 

Cement

 

What is the best part about working in an ice arena? 

Working with kids and good people in Moorhead 

 

Using one word, name one thing you love about working at a rink? 

Hobby

 

Nobody’s perfect in this industry. Tell us your worst experience at a rink so far? 

Poking a hole in one of the pipes with secondary refrigerant. 

 

What are the first three things you do when you get to the rink each day? 

Drink Coffee, check news and emails, go for a run.

 

How do you feel ongoing professional development is helping you and your career? 

Good to hear ideas from young bucks

 

How would you explain to the average hockey parent how the ice resurfacer works to resurface the ice? 

It’s the heart and soul of the rink, take off ice with sharp blade, put on same amount of new ice with hot and cold water.

 

Career highlight or accomplishment you are most proud of? 

Too many to tell

 

Advice for making it in the sports industry or for someone wanting to be a Zamboni driver? 

Pay attention to good ice and make the facility a place the kids can call their place. 

 

Who would you like to acknowledge for helping (mentoring) you along the way? 

All the Moorhead people who believe in my dedication 

 

What certifications have you attained within the industry? (STAR classes, ISI classes, etc) 

All STAR classes 

 

What is the best tip you have learned from any of the classes offered through MIAMA? 

Maintaining the plant and strive for great ice. 

 

Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director

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MIAMA Member Spotlight: Dennis Bushy – Moorhead Youth Hockey