2009 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

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The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships return again to Lake Nokomis this weekend (January 23-25), and it sounds like an icy blast of arctic air will arrive just in time to scare away any thin skinned spectators.  The website for the event even includes safety tips for cold weather!

And remember, it was warm weather than brought the tournament to Lake Nokomis in 2007 from Lake Calhoun.  The ice just wasn't good enough after the mild winter.  We're glad to see them back here for a third year.  I bet the new Caribou will do a lot of business this weekend.  If you want to help out a local coffee shop, try crossing over the lake to Nokomis Beach Coffee.  Great coffee and locally baked pastries will surely warm you up.  Plus hot soup and sandwiches!

Hockey Player Sinks!

Well not yet…but it’s only a matter of time before the right winger in this photo melts into Minnehaha Creek and then shoots over the falls and down to the Mississippi.  Of course, NHL hockey season will continue on into the summer.  I prefer nature’s rules:  When the ice melts…the season’s over!

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