MIAMA Member Spotlight: Peter Saabye – City of Edina, Braemar Arena and Field

NAME: Peter Saabye
ORGANIZATION NAME: City of Edina, Braemar Arena and Field
ADDRESS: 7501 Ikola Way
CITY: Edina   STATE:  MN     ZIP:55439
EMAIL:psaabye@edinamn.gov

PHONE #:  952.833.9518
WEBSITE: www.braemararena.com

TELL US HOW YOU GOT INTO THE INDUSTRY?  Started part time at Braemar Arena in 1979, then went onto Dakota County Arena Management Course to continue on in the profession. Soon after obtained a full time position at Braemar Arena and have continued on ever since.

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE ICE ARENA INDUSTRY?  Since 1979, over 38 years

WHAT TYPE OF ICE RESURFACER DOES YOU FACILITY OPERATE? Zamboni

WHAT TYPE OF ICE EDGER DOES YOUR FACILITY OPERATE?  Olympia

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF YOUR ICE SHEET?  200′ x 85′. We have 3 indoor sheets and 1 outdoor sheet.

WHAT TYPE OF FLOOR DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR FACILITY? (SAND/CEMENT/OTHER)  2 Sand, 2 Concrete

WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT WORKING IN AN ICE ARENA?  The people that come through and watching the generation of users continue to play at Braemar Arena.

USING ONE WORD, NAME ONE THING YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT A RINK? Fun, Different

NOBODY’S PERFECT IN THIS INDUSTRY. TELL US YOUR WORST EXPERIENCE AT A RINK SO FAR? Problems we had in our old Pavilion Rink. We had Glycol leaking through the floor and had to babysit it until we could tear it up and repair.

WHAT ARE THE FIRST THREE THINGS YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO THE RINK EACH DAY?  Check HVAC and Compressor Systems, lights on and unlock all the doors.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS HELPING YOU AND YOUR CAREER? The opportunity to gain new information and learn all the changes in the industry.

HOW WOULD YOU EXPLAIN TO THE AVERAGE HOCKEY PARENT HOW THE ICE RESURFACER WORKS TO RESURFACE THE ICE?  We can do it fast to get the job done or go a bit more slow and do it right!

CAREER HIGHLIGHT OR ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?  The opportunity to be apart of all the State High School Hockey Tournaments for Boys & Girls through the years. Very exciting!

ADVICE FOR MAKING IT IN THE SPORTS INDUSTRY OR FOR SOMEONE WANTING TO BE A ZAMBONI DRIVER?  On the job training is important followed up with STAR Classes, which are very helpful.

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE FOR HELPING (MENTORING) YOU ALONG THE WAY? Bud Lehman- we was in refrigeration back in the day, and he knew his stuff!

WHAT CERTIFICATIONS HAVE YOU ATTAINED WITHIN THE INDUSTRY? (STAR CLASSES, ISI CLASSES, ETC)  Certified Ice Technician, Boilers License

WHAT IS THE BEST TIP YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM ANY OF THE CLASSES OFFERED THROUGH MIAMA?  Painting techniques

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