Hockey Dominates Weekend Events Across the Twin Cities

Updated: 01/18/2014 4:48 PM By: Josh Rosenthal

The rest of the country just wouldn't understand.

"It's great out here, we love it," one player tells KSTP at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in Minneapolis as he skated by.

Alecia Anderson came out to watch the hockey. Sure, it's single-digit temperatures, and the wind is blowing, but as she put it, "I love it, this is what Minnesota is all about."

This weekend, Minnesotans really will enjoy the weather. Besides watching our time-lapse video of the Metrodome roof deflating Saturday morning, you can soak up the sun at the Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis, or go to the Minnesota Wild game against the Dallas Stars.

The University of Minnesota Mens and Womens hockey teams played back to back Friday in the first ever outdoor games at TCF Bank Stadium. The mens team plays again Saturday at 5 p.m. at Mariucci Arena.

Elk River is also hosting Hockey Day Minnesota games from high school and club teams across the state.

"We're in the state of hockey so it's our tradition," Anderson said. "It's what we do and we, we can't get enough of it."

But why is that? Anderson said, "it just brings us back to our childhood, growing up, learning to skate, and playing with friends over Christmas break and stuff."

Autumn Platz came out to watch with her two toddlers, and she recommends other families do the same. Platz did recommend dressing for the occasion. "Bring your warm, get those warm things you put in your gloves and your boots," she said. "That should help."

Referee Doug Hughes, however, didn't sound like he thought the hand warmers were necessary.

"It's cold, but you know, we're Minnesotans," he said.

Events at the Pond Hockey Championship run through Sunday. Parking and admission is free.