Many may think of pond hockey as a children's sport, but this is not the case in Minnesota. Now in its sixth year, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships is serious business for hockey purists. The ice is shoveled rather than being smoothed out by a Zamboni, wooden boards serve as goal posts, and some uniforms may be held together with duct tape. Five divisions, including one for folks over 50, will play full-out pond hockey over three days for the chance at ultimate glory: to see their team name etched on the Golden Shovel. Over 25 rinks will be set up on Lake Nokomis, so the action will be constant. Bring your skates if you'd like to take to the ice as well; there will be open skate for families at a designated rink during the day. For more info, visit www.uspondhockey.com.
Fri., Jan. 21, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 22, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 23, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., 2011