Pond Hockey

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Eagle River claims it’s the Hockey Capital of Wisconsin, and for the 3 days of the Pond Hockey Championship, you believe it. Over 300 teams come from across the country to play, drawn by the cold winters that typically ensure good ice conditions.  It’s a tough but nostalgic sport that seems to keep teams coming back again and again. 

Rinks separated by snow banks are packed in so close it’s hard to tell where fans’ cheers and referee whistles are directed. Bill Trosien is playing for his 7th year.

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The 10th annual National Pond Hockey Championships are set to take place this weekend, with one major change: they won’t be on a pond. Poor ice conditions on Dollar Lake forced the championships to move to the Snowmobile Derby track.  

Just three weeks after the World Championship Snowmobile Derby, the track will again be filled with competitors and spectators from around the country.

321 teams from 26 states are set to compete at the National Pond Hockey Championships.

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The 10th annual  LaBatt Blue/USA  Pond Hockey National Championships will have a new home this year.

Skaters from many parts of the U.S. and Canada compete in what some call the purest form of hockey competition February 6-8.

Since it's inception in 2006, the event has been held on Dollar Lake. But USA Hockey spokesperson Dave Fischer says the event will be held this year at the Eagle River Derby Track. He says a series of rinks will be constructed on the Track. Fischer says it's a safety issue with the ice on Dollar Lake...


An event that began with a few teams has grown to one of the larger events in Eagle River each winter.

For the ninth consecutive year, the LaBatt Blue USAdult Hockey Pond National Championships will be held this weekend on Dollar Lake.

Revisiting hockey games of old, the lake ice is cleared to form rinks. The first event was held in 2006 and included 40 teams and 240 players. This year 33 teams with more than 2300 participants are set to appear. 30 different states will be represented.