Thousands of Players Hit the Ice at US Pond Hockey Championships

Updated: 01/17/2014 8:23 PM
Created: 01/17/2014 10:21 AM
By: Katherine Johnson

As the sun came up, the pucks went down.

"This is the reason I come to watch," said hockey mom Rosie Isaacson as she proudly pointed at her son. She never misses the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships proving she's just as tough as the players.

"I've been out here 100 below wind chill, and I've been out here when there's been water on the ice," she said.

Two thousand players make up the 250 teams that represent 41 states and Canada on Lake Nokomis this weekend.

"It's cool and crisp but that air going into your lungs and just being able to skate around with your friends, exactly how we did when we were 10, 11, 12 years old, and to be able to do it in our mid-30s and even older, is a pretty awesome experience," said marketing manager Jim Dahline.

"I love hockey," said referee Jim Gogolakis. "I started when I was three in my backyard. We had the whole neighborhood come over. We used to play outside all the time."

Proving all you really need here in the great state of hockey is a frozen lake and a sharp pair of skates to have a good time.

"It is a truly Minnesotan thing to do," said Isaacson.  "It's a crazy Minnesotan thing to do!"

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