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Legends of the Pond

Note: The following legends are LEGENDS and are to be taken with the same grain of salt that one would take with the legends of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, or Santa Claus. (Some of us take more salt than others, you decide your sodium intake).

Oliver Club Juniors

Oliver Club Juniors Championship Hockey Team, Hibbing, Minn. 1926-27. The only team to play a whole season in sub-zero temperatures. Legend says once the season ended they froze stiff to the pond. They still thaw out enough to play if you head up to Hibbing around first freeze.

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society

The St. Thomas Stripes

From January 14 to February 20, 1924, the St. Thomas Stripes scrimmaged for 674 consecutive hours. Said center Paul "Zonk" McCall, "We'll only stop for hot chocolate and hail mary's."

The Skatin' Kates

The "Skatin' Kates" barnstorming hockey team. Traveled the North Country by dogsled and toboggan, taking on all challengers during the winter of 1925. They left behind a trail of broken hearts and dented twine.

Photo: Minneapolis Journal
Minnesota Historical Society

Rosie Boucher

Rosie "Brick Wall" Boucher. Famed goaltender of the Skatin' Kates. Legend has it that "Brick Wall" ran for a time with bank-robbing duo Bonnie and Clyde but decided to use her talents to rob goals instead of banks.

Photo: Minneapolis Journal
Minnesota Historical Society

The Rinkrat Family

Ernie, Art, Rocky, and Ray Rinkrat. Legendary family played so much pond hockey that their name is now synonymous with long hours on the outdoor rink.

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society

"Concrete" Conroy

George "Concrete" Conroy, 1931. A stonemason by trade, he possessed the softest hands on the pond. "Concrete" could peel a tomato with the blade of his stick.

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society

"Coiffed" Connelly

Jack "Coiffed" Connelly. Had a nose for the net and hair for the smart set. "Coiffed" always played with a comb in his breezers. 1923

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society

1925 "Coiffed" goes Inside

St. Paul vs. Minneapolis for the 1925 Kiwanian's National Convention Cup at Mpls. Arena -- "Coiffed goes inside." Comparable to Bob Dylan's "going electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Jack "Coiffed" Connelly shocked and divided the pond hockey world by crossing over and playing a game inside an arena.

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society

The Pepper Brothers

The Pepper Brothers--Pip, Pep, and Pop, practicing the infamous "Pepper Pond Power Play." Note: Horse-drawn Zamboni in background.

Photo: Minneapolis Journal
Minnesota Historical Society

1910 Cloquet Prep School Team

1910 Cloquet prep school boys team, the "University Sleuths." Featuring Will Aguirre (front row second from right) the youngest coach of a prep-school league champion, aged 10 years, 3 months, and 4 days.

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society

Edison's Folly

1926 President's Pond Cup title match, Edison High vs. Roosevelt High at Logan Park, Minneapolis, Minn. The first pond hockey game played under "Edison's Folly," also known as the light bulb.

Photo: Minnesota Historical Society

"Red Light" Thompson

West high goalie Rocky "Red Light" Thompson during shooting practice. After he took one on the chin, the "no lifting" rule was instated forevermore in pond hockey play.