2009 marked another year with sub-zero temperatures and wind each day of the tournament!
253 teams and an average temperature of negative 16 degrees Fahrenheit made for another frigidly historic USPHC. Participants traveled from the United Kingdom, Canada, and 31 states across the country to compete on a chilly Lake Nokomis. Face masks and hand warmers were the norm.
The cold weather had the added bonus of contributing to the 20+ inches of ice on Lake Nokomis which gave us great safe ice for the thousands of players and spectators on the ice all weekend.
It is well known in pond hockey lore that he who possesses the shovel possesses ultimate power over the game--without it the game is lost underneath layers of snow. Open Division teams compete to have their team name inscribed on a piece of pond hockey history: the Golden Shovel, while Rink Rat Division teams play to have their name etched into the Silver Scoop.
The Bill Wood MVP Sweater is awarded to the player who most embodies what it means to play pond hockey: teamwork, effort, skill and sportsmanship. The sweater memorializes Bill Wood, a true pond hockey legend. "Woody" was a pond hockey fixture whose skills on the ice were only overshadowed by his warm and generous personality.
|Jack Doyle||New York|
|Buzz Woodworth||New Jersey|