By Hillary Busis
Updated January 16, 2013 at 03:58 PM EST

Today, the search giant is celebrating the 112th birthday of one Frank Zamboni, the guy who invented the ice resurfacing machine that bears his name. The timing for this one couldn’t be better — coincidentally, Frank’s birthday this year comes just three days before the NHL’s delayed 2012-2013 season is finally scheduled to begin following a 113-day labor lockout.

And while the Doodle clearly has nothing to do with the upcoming Michael Shannon film Iceman, I would like to think that it finally gives the emotional Zamboni driver from Happy Gilmore his due:

Zambonis have been smoothing professional and recreational rinks since 1949, when their creator first used the contraption at his southern California Iceland complex. You can get a taste of what it’s like to drive one by playing around with the Doodle itself, an interactive, Snake-esque videogame that challenges users to clear up virtual ice using their very own Zamboni. Warning: Though the game seems simple, it’s pretty addictive. Thankfully, if you‘re a weirdo who would rather watch a video of it than play yourself, you’re in luck:

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