Four or Eight "Learn to Play Ice Hockey" Sessions from MA Hockey League (Up to 56% Off)

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In a Nutshell

During twice-a-week classes, experienced coaches guide adult players through ice hockey basics

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Valid only for new students or students who haven't visited in 6 months. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required. 48 hour cancellation notice required. 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Classes are offered Mondays at 8 P.M. and Saturdays at 10 A.M. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Hockey teams are often named after intimidating natural phenomena, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Tuscaloosa Puberty. Experience the fury with today's Groupon.

Hockey teams are often named after intimidating natural phenomena, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Tuscaloosa Puberty. Experience the fury with today's Groupon.

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  • $49 for four "Learn to Play Ice Hockey" sessions ($100 value)
  • $89 for eight "Learn to Play Ice Hockey" sessions ($200 value)

Students must bring their own hockey pads, skates, helmet, and stick. View more info on the Monday and Saturday sessions.

The Zamboni: Making Ice Nice Again

Keeping the ice fresh at the arena is a task that only the beloved Zamboni can handle. Check out Groupon's guide to this indispensible invention.

Frank J. Zamboni felt impatient. He wasn't happy with the inefficient methods his crews had to use to resurface the ice at his California ice rink. First, they had to shave off a top layer of ice and scoop away the snow, then rinse the underlying ice and remove the dirty water. Only then could they apply the thin layer of clean water that freezes into fresh, skateable ice. All told, the painstaking process required up to four people and took nearly an hour to perform—hardly conducive to the marching bands that play Sousa on the ice during hockey intermissions. It was then, in 1949, that Frank—an inventor who already had several patents to his name—set out to find a better solution, eventually arriving on a machine that's since become synonymous with hockey—the Zamboni.

Early versions of what would become the Zamboni ice resurfacer were made of a mishmash of car and other mechanical parts, including a Jeep chassis—which remained the vehicle’s base until 1964. Modern Zambonis are battery-operated and perform a slew of actions all at once to efficiently replenish ice surfaces. As a driver maneuvers the vehicle, an extremely sharp, flat blade shaves the top layer of ice while rotating augers gather the shavings and propel them into a tank for storage. Then a pipe sprays water onto the ice to clean it before a vacuum recycles it back into the wash-water tank. To complete the process, a towel and squeegee soaked in fresh water trails behind the machine, evening out the new surface in a fraction of the time it took before. Though there are other brands of ice resurfacing machines, the Zamboni brand remains the most popular option among arenas and fans. Most of the machines are still made in California as well as at another facility in Brantford, Ontario—the birthplace of another of hockey's great engineering marvels, Wayne Gretzky itself.

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    Somerville Rink

    560 Somerville Avenue

    Somerville, Massachusetts 02143

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