First Puck Drops in US Pond Hockey Tournament

Updated: 01/18/2013 2:11 PM By: Kate Renner

The puck dropped for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship Tournament at 8:30 this morning, and it's been non-stop hockey ever since.

There are 26 rinks, which means 26 games are being played at the same time.
Players say the ice is in perfect condition today; with temperatures expected to get above freezing, the ice is 15 inches solid and smooth.

On Sunday when temperatures fall below zero, organizers are anticipating the ice will crack and chip.

An estimated 2,000 hockey players from all over the world are facing-off on Lake Nokomis playing hockey as they say it was intended to be played out in the elements.

For many of these guys, they were hockey super stars back in the day, and the tournament gives them a chance to remember what that felt like.

The pond hockey tournament is free to the public.

Games start every day at 8:30am and go until 6 p.m.

There is a giant warming house, for those spectators brave enough to come cheer on a chilly Sunday.