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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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