January 20th, 2006 will forever be a historic day in Minnesota, as the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship dropped the puck for the first time. Lake Calhoun hosted 116 teams, on 25 rinks of true hockey enthusiasts from across the land to participate in a competition that carries tradition, passion, and guts. Everything was left on the ice as Almost 40, The Minnesota Loons, and Fighting Weasel's fought tooth and nail to etch their name in to the record books.
USPHC played host to a fierce showdown between Gov. Tim Pawlenty's “Team Minnesota” and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's “Minnesota White Caps,” as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak served as White Caps' honorary coach. NHL Alumni including Craig Norwich and Brian Bellows strapped up the laces after the politicians to display skills of their own.