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Feb 8, 2018

Back to hockey’s roots on Lake Nokomis

Back to hockey’s roots on Lake Nokomis

In Minneapolis, 2,500 amateur players take to the frozen surface of Lake Nokomis for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championship in a celebration of a childhood joy for millions of players.

Back to hockey’s roots on Lake Nokomis
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Players skates toward the the real reward, a case of beer, after a game at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Matt Lamore of Detroit holds up his team's Stanley Cup made from beer cans during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A flag is raised at sunrise for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Action takes place on all rinks at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 27, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Players convene during a break at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A player wears a jersey with the name and number of U.S. President Donald Trump during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. The entire team took names of actors in the movie "Home Alone 2" in which Trump had a cameo appearance. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A player wears a well worn skate at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A player smiles through his mask at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Players stay warm between games during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 28, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A team mascot is placed rinkside during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 28, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Referee Tony Gogolakis, affectionately and appropriately known "Roadkill" for his complete animal fur wardrobe, speaks with a team during a game at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 28, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A player from losing team Orange Theory Fitness crashes into the boards during the men's open final of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 28, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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In his blood spattered jersey after being hit by a stick, Geno Parrish returns triumphantly after receiving stitches to celebrate with his team Wright Homes who won the men's final of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 28, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Members of women's team Consistently Cuatro watch their teammate play during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 27, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Despite puddles from melting ice, players compete in the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Brothers Chris and Dennis Ferrara of Babylon, NY, take advantage of an unseasonably warm day to play shirtless during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A player slogs through deep water on an unseasonably warm day during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Players skate on multiple rinks during the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A hockey player takes to the ice at sunrise for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A stick taped with a rainbow of colors sits planted upright in the snow at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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Members of the team "He Suits, He Scores" confer during a halftime break in their game at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 26, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A pond hockey goal, made of wood with two openings that the puck must find to count as a goal, shows the wear of many near misses at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 27, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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With their team sporting stars and stripes pants, two players cross paths at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 27, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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A player from the winning men's team Wright Homes carries the the Golden Shovel trophy onto the ice after clinching the title at the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. January 28, 2018. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

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