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Only in Print: Pond hockey dominates NH this weekend

Special to the Union Leader

February 02. 2012 11:18PM

MEREDITH - The 3rd Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic begins today on the solid ice of Lake Waukewan, bringing hundreds of amateur players on teams from cities and towns across the country to what has become one of the Lakes Region's premiere winter attractions.

And one of New England's most-loved sports monuments, the Boston Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup, will also be on hand at a Restore Hockey fundraiser Friday night to benefit youth hockey.

The puck dropped at the first New England Pond Hockey Classic on Feb. 5, 2010 on Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. The tournament featured 77 players competing over three days. Five teams were crowned division winners on Championship Sunday Night.

The founder of the tournament, Scott Crowder, wanted to provide hockey players of all skill levels with what he says is the ultimate hockey experience: Playing in tournaments in the cold outdoors.

'Anybody's that's ever strapped on a pair of skates knows how cool it is to play outside hockey,' said Crowder, a Nashua native who spent his summers as a youth at his parents' house on Lake Winnipesaukee's Bear Island. 'For a hockey player, what could be more fun?'

The tournament has grown. This year, 175 teams will compete in seven divisions from Friday through Sunday. Teams from as far away as Key West, Fla., Golden, Colo., and Port Coquitlam, British Columbia are scheduled to play, and more than 40 teams from New Hampshire cities and towns will compete.

The tournament had to be moved this week from Lake Winnipesaukee, as tournament officials determined that the ice on Meredith Bay was not safe. The backup site, on nearby Lake Waukewan, was found to have sufficient ice, so the tournament and its large Tournament Village - which features locker rooms and concession stands - were moved there.

Waukewan's ice is already at the desired thickness level of about 12 inches, while the ice on Meredith Bay was measured at 3 inches last week.

There will be limited parking at the new site, so the tournament will run shuttle buses between downtown parking and the lake.

The games begin Friday at 8 a.m. and are scheduled to run until

4:35 p.m. Friday night caps off with the Restore Hockey Gala, a VIP event at the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith.

Games and fan events continue through Sunday afternoon. For more information, including a complete schedule, visit

Teams, if wanted:

Earthtec Open Division

LPA - Massachusetts

Dockside - Medford, MA

Brockton Chiefs - Brockton, MA

Axial Financial - Burlington, MA

The Polish Embassy - Haverhill, MA

Ice Holes - Wakefield

Boston Barebackers - Boston, MA

Peddlers Daughter - Nashua, NH

Sasquatch - Chichester, NH

Yeti - Manchester, NH

PADDY'S - Cambridge, MA

East Coast Bulldogs - Dorchester, MA

Espresso Pizza of Lowell - Lowell, MA

Winnipesaukee Whalers - Meredith, NH

Restore Hockey - Pepperell, MA

Hartford Mall Rats - Meredith, NH

Stonedam Islanders - Meredith, NH

Sally's Guts - Meredith, NH

Surf Brooklyn - Boston MA

Labatt Blue Balls - Cambridge, MA

BrantRock Bulldogs - Marshfield, MA

DOGSIII - Newburyport, MA

Manchester Muffintops - Manchester, NH

Crusaders - Boston, MA

Jets - Framingham, MA

Pedro's Polar Bears - Brunswick, Maine

The Dusters - Derry NH

The Green Mountain Boys - Groton, VT

Restore Hockey White - Boston, MA

Mighty Ducks - Milton, MA

Millionaires - Philadelphia,Pa

Vegas - Marshfield, MA

Gerry's Kids - Woburn, MA

Boston Pond Stars - Boston MA

Young Guns - Boston, Ma

Cheap Skates - Nashua, NH

Boston Harbor Rats - Westwood, MA

Stripers - Beverly, MA

Team Bauer Vapor - Stratham, NH

Fish Cove Freezers - Meredith, NH

Labatt Blue 30+ Division

Fagin's Pub - Berlin, NH

Wolfpack - Boston, MA

No DB's - Bedford, NH

Boston Creams - Hudson, NH

Pacific Blasters - Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada Tri-State Microbrews - Abington, MA Frozen Hacks - Franklin, MA Hoptown Bulldogs - Hopkinton, MA Reggie Dunlop - Uxbridge Ma

5 O'clock Somewhere - Key West, FL

The Dirty Lew - Lewiston, Maine

The Puckaneers - Boston, Ma

Shut Your 5-Holes - Woburn, MA

Jagr Bombs - Woburn, MA

Puck Huggers - Dracut MA

Montreal Todd - Boston, MA

Mules - New Canaan, CT

Shrinkage - Framingham, MA

Franklin Bump and Grinders - Franklin, MA Tucker Max Clan - Bridgewater, MA Labatt Blue/Amoskeag - Manchester, NH South Shore Skippers - Marshfield, MA Waukewan Wild - Winchester, MA The Mighty Duck Itch - Northborough, MA Oberlin College Plague Alumni - Brooklyn, NY Team Shanny - Long Island, NY Roadkill - Gloucester, MA WildCards - Hooksett, NH Murphy's Law - New Haven, CT Glacial Engery - Sandwich, MA

40+ Division

Nitro Patch - Boxford, MA

Benson Lumberjacks - Londonderry, NH

Glacier - Hooksett, NH

Night Owls - Billerica, MA

DOGSII - Newburyport, MA

TSR - Plaistow, N.H

Bumbles - Laconia, NH

The Stride - Boston, MA

Gang Green - Bedford, NH

Quincy Kings - Southshore, MA

WHDH TV Hockey Club - Foxboro, MA

Muck Runners - Billerica, MA

Naswa Summer Boys - Nashua, NH

Rhode Island Rangers - Providence, RI

Milton Maple Leafs - Milton, Ma

Uptowne Pub - Franklin, MA

Rusty Blades - Newburyport MA

Olympic Tech Beer Buzzards - Woburn, MA

Andover Convalescents 1 - Andover, MA

Andover Convalescents 2 - Andover, MA

Puck Huggers 2 - Needham, MA

Essex 73's - Nashua, NH

The Pulled Hamstrings - Chicago Il

Team Earthtec - Portsmouth, NH

NOFO - Southold, NY

Puck It - Farmingdale, NY

South Shore Sled Dogs - Hanover, MA

Belle Isle Clam Diggers - Winthrop, MA

Fish Cove Ice Men - Meredith, NH

Donnybrook - Mansfield, MA

Reading MA Sabres - Reading MA

Moose Island Marauders - Alton Bay , NH

Pylons - Chelmsford, MA

Cheevers Pack - Winchester, MA

Baker Bruisers - North Reading, MA

Shed Kids - Lexington, MA

Tanner Old-timers - Woburn, MA

Buzz Bees - Pelham, NH

MANPLOW Legends Division (50+)

The Dogs - Newburyport, MA

Hazbenz - Stratham NH

Monday Night Hockey Marshfield - Marshfield MA Lake Rats - Billerica, MA Nagog Construction - Acton, MA Ice Sages - Meredith NH Bud Heavies - Newbury, MA Old Duffers - Tewksbury, MA Raiders - Northboro, MA The Lint Headz - Salem,NH McSticks - Westford, MA T's Pub - Boston, MA Direct Kitchen - Beverly, MA Womens Division Quincy Fightin' Squirrels - Quincy, MA Joe's Chicks - Laconia, NH The Edge - Hingham, MA The Edge Deux - Hingham, MA Red Hot Chillys - Boston, MA Nomads - Hingham, MA 20th Century Polar Bears - Brunswick, ME Eagles - Boston, MA

Just for Fun - U35

Dirty Rhino's - Rindge, NH

Bruisers - Bridgewater, MA

Ivy Lane Gang - Brighton, MA

Nordiques - Grafton MA

Has-Beens - Franklin, MA

Wheeler Boys - New Ipwsich, NH

Emerald Bandits - West Roxbury, MA

Galvy - Tewksbury,MA

Manchester Jets - Manchester, NH

Odo's Amber - Grafton, MA

Blue Boar Hell Hockey - Framingham MA

Shirts Optional - Boston, MA

Are You Serious? - Derry, NH

The Locals - Center Harbor, NH

Seize the Deigh - Boston, MA

DAP Foundation - Amherst, NH

Beer O'Clock - Boston, MA

Pond Stars - Boston, MA

Strange Brew - Boston, MA

French Revolution - Auburn, MA

The Coasters - Bristol, PA

Woburn, CANADA - Woburn, MA

Just for Fun - 35+

Puck Nuts - Meredith, NH

Iceoholics - Londonderry NH

Puck Monkeys - Golden, CO

Weirs Beach Lobster Pound - Bridgewater, Ma.

NOG - Milton, MA.

Hiblits - Bedford, NH

Backyard Ice - Northbridge, MA

Massholes - Fitchburg, MA

Beacon Bears - Reading, MA

Planet Fitness - No Critics - Newington, NH The HazBenz - Beverly, MA Monday Night Jacks - Washington, DC Puck Ewe - Boston, MA ReMax Hackers - Meredith NH Thin Ice - Somersworth NH Lamplighters - Wilton NH Fitchburg USA - Mason, NH Icemen North - Reading MA Diablo - Medford, MA Adjusters - Port St Lucie, FL Hatetoquitit - Weirs, NH Flynn Flyers - Melrose, MA Pond Rookies - Rehoboth, MA


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