(Compare to Men's A/B leagues)
Open Division Play: Golden Weekend – Friday-Sunday: January 26-28, 2024
Check-in on-site Thursday, January 25
Early – $950 per team by May 17, 2023
Regular – $1,150 per team by November 25, 2023
The Open Division is considered the most competitive division of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, with teams competing to inscribe their team name on a piece of pond hockey history: the Golden Shovel. This division is for men and women aged 18 and older. Some Open division teams carry former NHL legends, Division 1 hockey players, or high school greats. Teams hold up to eight players, with four players on the ice at a time. Each team is guaranteed four games. Qualifying teams will advance to the Golden Shovel round on Sunday to compete, with only one team emerging triumphant.