Pond hockey championships draw thousands to Upper Peninsula
ond hockey players from all over the country are in
St. Ignace this weekend for one of northern Michigan's largest winter events.
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.
e look forward to this all year
can't beat it
cannot get any better
," Jamie Berlin, Fighting Mullets Hockey Club member said.
ore than 190 teams come to this tournament each year with that same mentality.
think it's a good time
you get the drink beer
ey," Scott Jasmund, hockey player said.
his is one of the largest pond hockey tournaments in the country.
here are 36 rinks set up on
Lake Huron. However, to get them ready was no easy task.
e started three weeks ago
getting the snow off the ice
," James Dekeyser, St. Ignace Visitors Bureau President said.
o if we keep the snow off
the ice builds better
his event has become one of the biggest ways to boost the local economy
bringing thousands of people to town.
think it's great for the community
there is nothing going on here for the most part in the winter, so you can come out and play some hockey," Jasmund said.