U.S. Pond Hockey Championships draws crowds to Lake Nokomis

Player in black and white jersey on ice
A player plays defense during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis on Saturday. The event has been held in Minneapolis since 2006.
Tim Evans | MPR News

Recent warm and wet weather ramped up preparations for this weekend’s outdoor pond hockey tournament at Lake Nokomis, which is expected to draw thousands of players and spectators from across the country.

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships kicked off on Friday and will continue through Sunday, Jan. 29. Organizers of the championships project that 3,000 pond hockey players are participating, as well as thousands of spectators.

A schedule of events can be found at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships website, including “Youth Night on the Pond” on Wednesday, Jan. 25, opening at 4 p.m. 

The event has been held in Minneapolis since 2006, with the exception of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interested spectators who are driving are advised to enter Lake Nokomis Park from the intersection of Cedar Avenue South and West Lake Nokomis Parkway. Find directions. a schedule of events, a map and more at uspondhockey.com.

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