Three readers have gotten in touch over the past few days to tell me that they attended the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, which took place last weekend in Minneapolis. If you’re not familiar with this event, allow Anna Rajdl to explain:
Pond hockey is played outdoors with teams of six (four on the ice at a time) playing a condensed version of hockey. There are no goalies or nets; instead, there are small boxes on both ends with two holes. To score, you must shoot the puck into one of the two small holes. It’s pretty popular here in Minnesota, but teams from all around the country and Canada come to play in this tournament — it’s kind of like the World Series or Super Bowl of pond hockey. To add to the excitement, the average high last weekend was minus-3, so it was darn cold.
Anna took a bunch of excellent photos that capture the range of uniforms in the tourney, some of them fairly traditional, others less so. You can see the full set in this slideshow. That’s her shot at the top of today’s page, too. (The tournament’s web site has its own photo gallery, but their pics frankly aren’t as good as Anna’s.)
Jeff Barak attended the tournament, too. He didn’t take any pics (“With a wind chill of minus-19, I wasn’t about to take my gloves off to hold a metal camera”), but he did point me toward this great video clip, which nicely captures the homespun feel of the pond hockey scene. (For those who want more, there’s an additional video here, but it’s not as good.)
Also on hand was Carl Schneeman, who created this collage of photos from the tournament.
Meanwhile, I just learned that there’s another kind of pond hockey, which involves playing under the ice. The “What the fuck..?” factor is pretty much off the scale on this one, so I’ll just shut up and let you see for yourself in this video report.
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