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Pond hockey championships draw thousands to Upper Peninsula

P ond hockey players from all over the country are in St. Ignace this weekend for one of northern Michigan's largest winter events.


P

ond hockey players from all over the country are in
St. Ignace this weekend for one of northern Michigan's largest winter events.


T

he 8th annual
U.P. Pond Hockey Championships is the only one of its kind on the Great Lakes and thousands are on hand to participate.


"W

e look forward to this all year

,

can't beat it

,

cannot get any better

," Jamie Berlin, Fighting Mullets Hockey Club member said.


M

ore than 190 teams come to this tournament each year with that same mentality.


"I

think it's a good time

,

you get the drink beer

,

pla

y some



h

ock

ey," Scott Jasmund, hockey player said.


T

his is one of the largest pond hockey tournaments in the country.


T

here are 36 rinks set up on
Lake Huron. However, to get them ready was no easy task.


"W

e started three weeks ago

,

getting the snow off the ice

," James Dekeyser, St. Ignace Visitors Bureau President said.



"S

o if we keep the snow off

,

the ice builds better
and thicker."


T

his event has become one of the biggest ways to boost the local economy

,

bringing thousands of people to town.


"I

think it's great for the community

,

you know
there is nothing going on here for the most part in the winter, so you can come out and play some hockey," Jasmund said.

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