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Preps Begin For U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

01/09/2013, 5:30pm CST
By USPHC Office of the Commissioner

By Lauren Casey

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The U.S. Pond Hockey Championship was nearly cancelled last year. Unseasonably mild weather created thin, weak ice.

The ice on Lake Nokomis was only 6 inches thick this time last January.

This year, organizers are breathing a sigh of relief thanks to colder temperatures this winter. The recent mild spell is actually helping construction of the ice rinks, which began Wednesday.

“Another crew will come behind, put strings up and then paint the lines, and then we start building,” said Nick Monson, operations director.

Construction for the 2013 U.S. Pond Hockey Championship has begun on Lake Nokomis. Crews were out today assembling a massive warming house and 26 ice rinks. So far eight rinks are tournament-ready.

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2013 USPHC Sponsors

Sport Ngin is the company behind the USPHC. We are a highly skilled team specializing in the execution of world-class sports content strategy, design, marketing and technology... and we LOVE hockey.

The following presenting sponsors have partnered with us to help fund the greatest pond hockey tournament in country and make it a great success! As you know, our goal is simply to break even while giving money to our charity partners (a line item in our budget) and to keep this incredible pond hockey tradition alive!

No one is more near and dear to our hearts than the organization who founded this incredible tournament seven years ago: Haberman, a media + marketing firm. Their vision still inspires every aspect of this great event.

We are proud to be associated with organizations who value "the pond" as much as we do. Please thank the 2013 USPHC "Hat Trick" Sponsors: Bud LightMuscle Milk, Tria Orthopaedic Center and Mountain Khakis. We kiss the ice you skate on!

Please support the incredible sponsors that make the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships possible: Total Hockey, Joe Senser's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Tradition Mortgage and Manplow.

A huge thanks to George Monson & Sons, the incredible snow removal and ice-ops crew that works through our crazy Minnesota weather to create the breathtaking rinks that grace the surface of Lake Nokomis!


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