Grand Rapids Hosts Hockey Pond Championship

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 10, 2018 10:45 PM

DULUTH - Hockey fans gathered at Mckinney Lake in Grand Rapids for the third annual Northwoods Pond Hockey Championship on Saturday.

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Six rinks are set up where 3 divisions of 28 teams, totaling to 175 skaters, went out to the lake to hit the puck. The hockey divisions, gold, silver, and last pick, were out playing for a good cause.

The goal is to go out and have fun, and most importantly- raise money for charities.

The proceeds made from the event go towards digging water wells in Africa for World Serve. The proceeds also go to a local charity.

Brett Rodemberg, a hockey player, was competing in his third tournament.

"I just think even if you're not playing in the tournament come watch it, it's a whole community event. There's stands, and everything, there's apparel, so everyone can watch and grow as a community together," Rodemberg said.

Carol Andrews, an event attendee, was happy to be out supporting her hockey players.

"It's like a carnival getting to see so many people come enjoy it, something to do in the winter time, and it gets you outside, fresh air," Andrews said.

The silver division's Mighty Pucks were excited to be back. Dustin Erickson, a hockey player, enjoys the outdoor chilly weather.

"We love coming out here in the cold playing, that's what we've been doing our whole lives going to the rinks right around rapids here playing," Erickson said.

Jon Scally, an event organizer and hockey player, has enjoyed the connections he's made over the years.

"I love just getting together with people like I said that's the fun running into people the third year, they're like, hey how's it going, you know being able to work with people year after year and building those relationships building those connections. That to me is the big win," Scally said.

All the help from the sponsors, volunteers and community are what make this hockey event so special.

Bri Solem, a hockey player for the women’s’ team, Minnesota Moms, was excited to compete this year.

"We all have kids that play hockey so we watch a lot of hockey but we never get to play so it's kinda fun to be out here," Solem said.

And they plan on coming back next year, after they get a little more practice!



Alejandra Palacios

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