Real Hockey is right.
Saturday we went up to Saint Ignace on Moran Bay for the UP Pond Hockey Championship.
It was cold.
It was windy.
It was frozen.
It was super fun and we were happy we made the effort.
We knew approximately two people.
Jesse, far right…
And Ryan – Guy with the shades.
Jesse and Ryan have lent their talents to our hockey team this year – Ryan with the goalies and Jesse with the offense. Nice guys these two.
It was awesome to see Jesse play, especially outside.
Pond hockey is a different hockey game than when they play it indoors.
This tournament was a four on four.
There isn’t any net. There isn’t any goalie and there isn’t any referee.
Find the arrow, see the goal box.
They played two twenty minute periods with a five minute break in between.
No idea who these guys were but I do wish Jesse’s team would have played on this rink, loved the light here.
This kind of shows how far off shore we were.
There were twenty-seven rinks and one-hundred-fifty-seven teams. They had to turn away thirty, yah, 30 teams this year. This was only its fifth year too!
A lot of the teams dressed up in clothes that would represent what their team names were. Kind of made me wonder what the team’s name was for Tuxedo man here.
I thought it was kinda cool one could push ones hockey bag and not have to carry the stinkin’ thing.
We also saw the wig-wearing Mullet Men but I was too shy to get a picture of that team. You’ll just have to believe me when I say they looked like, totally radical.
Jake of course brought his skates.
*Todd thinks the ice was probably about two feet thick. Looked deceptively thicker to me…I could sometimes see the sand and black rocks on the bottom of the bay – Umm, awesome!
Skating was one of the safest ways to go. Well, for a person that knew how to anyway. Like an idiot, I forgot my ice gripper things at home.
This here was the other safer way to go.
Ok, probably the safest way of all. Dig the kids hooky-bobbin’ on the back.
This is the inside of the hospitality tent which was, of course, set up on the ice. The ice is glowing green due to the sun light outside. I thought it was pretty neat, sand and all.
Heck, the whole thing was pretty neat…
We’ll be back next year.