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Participants prepare for Pond Hockey Championship on Lake Minnetonka

Updated: January 16, 2020 08:41 AM

With set-up underway for more than a week, participants are preparing for the North American Pond Hockey Championship in Minnetonka Thursday.

More than 80 hockey teams will head out to Lake Minnetonka for the event, which has raised more than $1.3 million for charities since 2014.

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Each year, championship organizers pick a charity to benefit from its proceeds. This year, the #GIVE16 campaign was chosen. Founded by the Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker and wife Carly, it works closely with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. 

Meanwhile, organizers said cold weather created ideal ice conditions. Earlier this week, crews worked to get more than a dozen hockey rinks ready.

Prep work for charitable Pond Hockey Championship begins on Lake Minnetonka

The tournament will have five divisions for women and men. Bracket play takes place Friday and Saturday. Then, the championship is on Sunday.

There will also be a bean bag tournament, live music and more happening all weekend.

Watch an interview with a championship volunteer via the video player above.

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