A Zamboni love story

4:44 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR) It was a different kind of love story on Valentine's Day. It's about an ice rink, a friendship, and re-kindling an old piece of equipment.

February 14th, 2013, was all about a Zamboni.

Bill Howard bought the 1957 Zamboni in the late 1960's.

"My wife was glad when I found a Zamboni I could afford," said Howard.

It resurfaced the ice at Holiday Ice Rink in Concord, North Carolina, for 35 years.

Then, in 1997, Bill Howard closed the business and the Zamboni sat, unused and alone.

"I didn't know what to do with it," explained Howard, "Then I called Larry and said, 'Larry, I don't know what to do with this.'"

Larry LaBorde is part owner of the Ice Chalet in Bearden, Tennessee.

A long time friend of the Howards, he decided he'd take the old piece of metal. "I actually then had a hidden agenda. I was going to restore it some day. That was my dream and it's all come true now," LaBorde said

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