At your service: The iceman of BIG
Joey Bergquist, Bloomington Ice Garden’s assistant maintenance supervisor, comes from a rink family. The north-central Minnesota native grew up playing hockey and hanging around rinks. Skate by skate, the pastime evolved into a career.
Bergquist and his brothers played hockey many nights in their small town’s private ice arena. When the regular Zamboni driver failed to show up to repair the ice, dad had to drop what he was doing and fill in, but not without warning his sons that they had to pitch in and resurface the ice. So Bergquist learned how to drive a Zamboni at 14.
Today, he operates huge resurfacing machines with the precision of a racecar driver, leaving a trail of glittering ice behind. Bergquist oversees the night ice maintenance crew at BIG. From troubleshooting ice issues to machine breakdowns, he enjoys the variety of his work. Bergquist’s two-year tenure with the City is the culmination of a lifetime on ice. It’s a cool job. But winter is only the beginning. An ice garden needs daily tending year-round.