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Predators Zamboni driver has role in team's success

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John Holmes has been the Predators' Zamboni driver for 19 years. (WSMV) John Holmes has been the Predators' Zamboni driver for 19 years. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nobody has a closer seat to the ice at Bridgestone Arena than Zamboni driver John Holmes.

Holmes can’t skate, but he’s been on the rink with the team for 19 years.

“The key to being a good Zamboni driver is knowing how to drive around in a circle,” Holmes said. “It’s not rocket science.”

Holmes is watching the Predators’ playoff run at 6 mph from the seat of his Zamboni.

“The Zamboni makes a lot of noise, but nothing like what the crowd does,” he said.

He’s not Pekka Rinne or Filip Forsberg, but he has an important job.

“The better the ice quality, the better chance we have to make passes and make shots, and their run system,” Holmes said. “We’re doing all we can to help. The reality is we’ve got a great team and we’re just there to support them.”

Holmes is a longtime Metro Parks employee who learned Zamboni driving years ago. When the Predators arrived in Nashville, he was the only one who knew how to keep the Zamboni between the boards.

Now, riding the Zamboni is promotional prize, making it a bucket list item for some Predators fans.

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