The Checkers let me drive a Zamboni, and I’m thankful for that

In September, I casually mentioned in our morning newsletter that I’ve always dreamed of driving one. The Charlotte Checkers — the greatest minor-league hockey franchise in the galaxy — replied and said I could.

One of the neat things about this town is that, even as it strives to be “Big-Pro Major-League” in everything, our minor-league franchises still feel like the fun neighbor who’s always up for a water-balloon fight or a bellyflop contest.

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