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A favorite winter sport is back

Posted at: 01/22/2013 4:27 PM
Updated at: 01/22/2013 6:10 PM
By: Robin DeWind

Since the temperature in Rochester is bone chilling now, it's easy to forget that it was 60 degrees just two weeks ago. The changing temperatures have created problems once again for a local pond hockey tournament, causing it to move its location.

The Labatt Blue Rochester Pond Hockey Tournament was supposed to have been held at Bushnell's Basin this weekend. The eight inches of ice needed to play pond hockey however, is not there. That is why after some scrambling by tournament organizers Ray and Tracy House, the tournament has been moved just over the Penfield line to Carey Lake. The two have been emailing teams to alert them of the new location.

This isn't the first time the weather has caused the tournament to be canceled. Last year, due to the mild winter and lack ice, the event had to be called off. That is why the Houses are glad that the participants won't be disappointed for a second year in a row.

"For me its like being without pond hockey is like Christmas never showed up, its not the same," said Ray House.

The two-day tournament that begins on Saturday will include 70 teams. The winning team in the elite division of the Labatt Blue Cup will go on to compete in the sold-out Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament to be held February 9.

For more information on the tournament, click here.