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15th annual US Pond Hockey Championships kickoff Friday morning

Updated: January 24, 2020 06:58 PM

It was an 8 a.m. puck drop out on Lake Nokomis Friday morning for the 15th annual US Pond Hockey Championships.

Like usual, the ice was packed with skaters, and after youth skating night was canceled due to weather Thursday, all was in the clear Friday. The ice was good to go after being a bit slushy leading up to the event. 

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Teams from as far away as Australia made the trek to Minneapolis for the tournament that boasts over 300 teams. 

"My advice is when it's your first year down here. Your first time. Enjoy the game. Recognize that it's a little bit different, strategies are different. The game plays a little different come down and have fun, and if on the first year you come away with a win. That is a pretty successful year," said Jim Dahline, Commissioner of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship. 

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