Detroit Red Wings part ways with Al Sobotka

Posted at 4:18 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-31 12:19:33-04

(WXYZ) — One of the most visible members of the Detroit Red Wings organization is no longer with the team. Sources confirm to WXYZ that longtime Zamboni driver Al Sobotka is no longer with the organization.

No details have been released on why they parted ways.

Sobotka was well known in his role as a Zamboni driver, which included dealing with the occasional octopus thrown on the ice at Joe Louis Arena and later Little Caesars Arena. His official job title was building operations manager for Olympia Entertainment, the parent organization of the Red Wings owned by the Ilitch family.

Sobotka became so connected with the octopus tradition — representing the 8 games once needed to win the Stanley Cup — that the Red Wings octopus mascot, Al, is named after him.