For this epic tournament, athletes often take to the ice during some of the coldest days of the year in hopes of winning the Golden Shovel. On the way to the final battle, many teams will square off in divisions including co-ed, women’s, 40-plus, and rink rat. The most competitive players can be found in open division, where it’s not uncommon to find a former pro or college athlete. While teams of eight duke it out, revelers can practice their moves on a public rink open to all ages, relax in the beer garden, and warm up in a heated tent serving eats and hot beverages. For complete game schedules, see the official U.S. Pond Hockey website, www.uspondhockey.com.