Hundreds Gather For U.S. Pond Hockey Tourney

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Organizers of the annual U.S. Pond Hockey championships won’t have to worry about slush or standing water on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis this weekend.

The temperature for the first game Friday morning likely won’t be above zero. Last year, the final day of the tournament was canceled due to rain and slush.

Some 1,800 players from around the United States and Canada are expected to participate in the tournament Friday through Sunday.

Tournament co-commissioner Justin Kaufenberg tells the Star Tribune the ice thickness, at two feet, is more than strong enough to support snowplows, other machinery and thousands of spectators.

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