The Sani Sport of Wisconsin Youth Pond Hockey Championships returned to Minocqua for the fouth year. Ten rinks were plowed on Lake Minocqua to accommodate two full days of youth hockey action.
Dean Hall photograph
1. Stanley Cupcakes, Eagle River/Lakeland
2. Pond Queens, Eagle River/Lakeland
3. Hobey Bakers, Eagle River/Lakeland
1. Spartans, Sparta, WI
2. Hawks Black, Lakeland
3. Chiefs, Elmhurst, Ill.
1. Sharks, Merrill
2. Jays, Merrill
3. Blues, Merrill
1. Crush, Keweenaw
2. Frozen 4, Merrill
3. Furious 5, Lakeland
1. Hodags, Rhinelander
2. Hawks, Lakeland
This year marked the fourth annual Sani Sport of Wisconsin Lakeland Hawks Youth Pond Hockey Championships. This unique two-day Youth Pond Hockey Championship celebrates the joy of hockey “the way nature intended.” The youth tournament, held every third weekend of February, was another rousing success.
Hockey families and fans from the Lakeland area and around the Midwest reunited with their friends and families on beautiful Lake Minocqua to spend some time enjoying their kids and watching some exciting pond hockey battles.
More than 40 teams gathered this year from as far south as Elmhurst, Ill., and north to Houghton-Hancock, Mich., with Wisconsin teams from Stevens Point, Mosinee, Merrill, Rhinelander, Three Lakes, Sparta, North Lakeland, Elmhurst, Keweenaw and Lakeland.
The location provided an ideal setting in which memories of a lifetime were created.
The event took place on beautiful Lake Minocqua at the Min-Aqua Bowl with 10 pond hockey rinks and a large, central concessions tent. The weekend event hosted more than 100 youth hockey games.
Each hour throughout the day, 10 games were played all once at under cloud-streaked skies with planes circling and landing on the ice to spectate; as the eve approached, the bonfire on ice was lit and games continued under the lights with a light snow falling.
Championship Sunday could not have been a more beautiful day with balmy weather and blue skies. Teams played one round of games and then it was time for third place games. The event culminated with the championship round and an awards ceremony.
This event benefited the Lakeland Hawks Ice Arena and hockey association, is one of the rink’s major fundraisers, and was made possible by community support and volunteers.