MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Hockey players dream of winter days with bright blue skies, crisp temperatures and a frozen pond to skate on.

Their wishes are coming true for the 8th annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships this weekend on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Twenty-six teams will compete for the coveted Golden Shovel.

The skills range from true rink rats to players who hit the puck from time to time. Players come from all over the world to compete in the round-robin style tournament.

The puck will drop 700 times over the three-day tournament, and each day is forecasted to be colder than the previous one. But that’s expected – this is Minnesota.

The motivation for playing is different for everyone. But the best from the tournament will get bragging rights and their names inscribed on the Golden Shovel.

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships continue tomorrow and Sunday on Lake Nokomis. It’s free to check out.

Click here for the tournament schedule.


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