The 7th annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships were held last weekend at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. It’s the largest outdoor hockey event in the country, with over 270 teams and some 1,700 players participating.
Minnesota, the self-dubbed “State of Hockey,” turns out an estimated 30,000 spectators each year for the event. Spectators have a great time standing outdoors on a windswept Minneapolis lake watching grown men and women play like kids again.
The event symbolizes what Minnesota winters are all about.
All photos by Steve Date