U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
The all-day celebration of Minnesota’s official sport is underway across the State of Hockey on Saturday. Outdoor hockey is at its finest at picturesque Handke Pit in Elk River. Mayor John Dietz says it’s a special venue with a lot of history. “You know, it’s kind of a rebirth of how the sport was born. It’s just a unique type of thing,” Dietz said.
A siren wails on a frozen Lake Nokomis, signaling the half-way point in a fast-paced game. Blue skies and bright sun greet nearly 2,000 pond hockey faithful. Over the next few days, they will play like they did as kids. According to tournament’s co-commissioner Justin Kaufenberg, the competition is fast and, at times, furious on the lake’s 25 rinks.
Registration opens Wednesday for the 2014 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in Minneapolis. Players can start registering their teams at 10 a.m. Central time on the USPHC website.
The warming tent at the 8th annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis was evacuated late Saturday afternoon due to high winds.
Hockey players dream of winter days with bright blue skies, crisp temperatures and a frozen pond to skate on.
The U.S. Pond Hockey Championship was nearly cancelled last year. Unseasonably mild weather created thin, weak ice.
The site of the eighth annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships is about to start taking shape in Minneapolis.
Registration opens next month for the 2013 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in Minneapolis.
Winter weather arrived just in time for two Twin Cities’ pond hockey tournaments.
Though this winter has been filled with warnings to stay off the ice, organizers of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships say the ice is thick enough to play on.
It’s not even fall yet, but it’s time to start thinking about the 2012 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in Minneapolis.