Zamboni Funeral

by MSO

The Zamboni at Cliff Purpur's funeral lead the procession at a perfect pace from the funeral to the grave site.

Cliff “Fido” Purpur, a hero in his home town of Grand Forks, ND, was the first North Dakota native to play in the National Hockey League. He started his NHL career with the St. Louis Eagles at a time when there were only six teams in the league, and an American playing on any of these teams was an oddity. The Eagles (former Ottawa Senators) folded after only one year. After a few years of playing in the AHA, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings before retiring in 1947. When he died from a seizure in 2001 at the age of 88, it was decided that he should be honored in a way a little more personal than the tradition: his funeral procession was lead by a Zamboni. What could be more fitting? The ice resurfacing machine moved along at the perfect slow pace leading the procession down the streets of Grand Fork to his grave site. Rest in peace, Fido.

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