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On Golden Ponds
Steve Rushin
January 30, 2006
If you've ever played goalie on a frozen lake--your blocker made from wood paneling duct-taped to an oven mitt, your Stanley Cup an empty Cool Whip tub wrapped in aluminum foil--you'd find the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in Minneapolis perfect in every detail, except that parkas aren't used for the goalposts. "That wasn't practical," says tournament founder Fred Haberman, "because the pucks get buried in the jackets, and then...." And then a 15-minute argument ensues.
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January 30, 2006

On Golden Ponds

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On Sunday the Almost Forty club won the Pond Hockey title and its apposite trophy, the Golden Shovel. But checking is barred from this tournament, and the only concussive force issued from an air horn, calling a mournful halt to games that nobody wanted to end.

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