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tarheelhockey 09-20-2010 02:01 PM

Do you play pond hockey?
This has come up in a few threads recently so I thought an informal poll would be helpful. How many of us are able to play pond hockey on a regular basis near our homes?

Obviously the climate in NC isn't enough to freeze a pond safely, so this is a "no" from me. When I play it's on indoor ice.

NUhockey 09-20-2010 02:09 PM

I do every winter here in Boston. Plenty of people and places to come up with a good amount of games every winter. It's something my friends and I anticipate greatly.

Inkling 09-20-2010 02:09 PM

Depends on how literal an answer you want.

No pond hockey in my neighbourhood, but there are many public outdoor rinks set up in the winter by the city. I have two within easy walking distance of my house.

HF007 09-20-2010 02:12 PM

yeah every winter
theres tons of community rinks around and sometimes at the lake

97FlyersKing18 09-20-2010 02:16 PM

Growing up in Los Angeles, there were no sustainable Outdoor Rinks in my neighborhood. However, when I went to Pacific Regionals in Fairbanks, Alaska in a few seasons ago, I was able to play on a pond with my team. It was a great experience skating in the fresh air and the ice was way harder (which ratcheted up the speed of the game).

I go to college in the Midwest, so once the lake starts to freeze, I will be out there playing shinny with my friends and some local high school players again.

I recommend you get to experience playing on a pond while you still can.

FolignoQuantumLeap 09-20-2010 02:17 PM

Does Howdy Doody have a wooden dick?

Kekumba 09-20-2010 02:19 PM

I did up until I was about 13. My buddy had a forest behind his house and if you walked about 5 minutes in, you'd get to a decent size pond. You never knew when the ice was going to be good and when it was going to be bad. Usually near the end of winter we'd be playing and someone would accidentally jab a hole in it and the entire thing would be covered in nasty pond water. That was when we knew to pack it in for the year.

These days I live in a different city and outdoor rinks are built all over the place every year. In a way I miss the pond, but the rinks really are so much better.

alcanalz 09-20-2010 02:20 PM

Couple outdoor rinks near me come December, though not on a pond. I absolutely love playing outdoor.

GopherState 09-20-2010 02:24 PM

During the winter and when I can, yes I play outdoors and on lakes. It's a fun way to get through the winter without traveling down to Jamaica.

Jarick 09-20-2010 02:42 PM

Not on a pond/lake/river but I do play on outdoor rinks in the winter.

ponder 09-20-2010 02:49 PM

When I lived in Toronto I'd play TONNES of outdoor hockey, most at outdoor rinks, but occasionally on ponds too (mostly when I went to visit family near Kitchener, but also at this small-ish pond downtown, right here). Ponds are nice and picturesque, but the ice is generally *****, you often have to clear off the snow yourself, and pucks get lost in the snow banks constantly, despite being less pretty an outdoor rink really is way better if you actually wanna get a good game going. But now that I live in Vancouver it's impossible to play outside (one tiny outdoor rink downtown, but I don't think they ever allow hockey there), so now it's all indoor for me. Definitely miss shinny.

ChiTownHawks 09-20-2010 03:00 PM

I do not play on a traditional pond, but nearly every Saturday last winter my buddies and I would play at one of the many outdoor rinks in the area. I look forward to it all week. IMO nothing beats playing hockey all day. Then getting home and taking a hot shower and watching HNIC while I have a few beers before going out. I can't wait!

Badger36 09-20-2010 03:20 PM

Yup, I play a lot of pond hockey during the winter. Its a blast and its fun playing hockey with people of all ages and ability levels.
Theres over a dozen outdoor rinks here in Madison that have hockey and I make my own rink on the lake by my house.
I honestly feel kind of bad for people who arent lucky enough to live in a place where they can skate and play hockey outside. Its completely different than playing on an indoor rink and definetly forces you to change how you play the game. Pond hockey is much more of a puck control game than is the indoor game.

thedoc1019 09-20-2010 04:25 PM

i live in florida, so i'm out of luck

Grabovski 09-20-2010 04:44 PM

I have a huge man made pond in my backyard that is ours and we have big lights all around it so we could play at night too. We freeze it up every winter.

jlnjcb 09-20-2010 05:01 PM

I live in Vancouver... not much places to play outdoors, not a lot of days when its cold enough for an outdoor rink. :(

Im Old Gregggg 09-21-2010 09:50 AM

not many ponds to play on where im from but quite a few outdoor rinks (bball courts ftw) ...... play every single day the ice is good usually stay from 8-12ish

absolutely love playing pond hockey, much funner getting drunk, dangling and sniping posts than wearing bulky gear and playing indoors

Blueland89 09-21-2010 12:14 PM


Originally Posted by Im Old Gregggg (Post 27863800)
not many ponds to play on where im from but quite a few outdoor rinks (bball courts ftw) ...... play every single day the ice is good usually stay from 8-12ish

absolutely love playing pond hockey, much funner getting drunk, dangling and sniping posts than wearing bulky gear and playing indoors

living in Georgia so not really an option for me but I want to so bad it's ridiculous the ice just looks to good. My wife has an Aunt who lives in Mass. so if we ever go up there i wanna get in a pick up game

noobman 09-21-2010 04:15 PM

It's not really pond hockey... but Toronto has a lot of artificial ice surfaces that allow players to get some pickup going. I try to get out to Nathan Phillip Square a couple of times in December. They usually leave the Christmas lights on, making things easier to see. The trick with Nathan Phillip Square is that hockey is technically not allowed, but pretty much everyone knows that games break out once the rink guards leave. Just watch out for the zamboni ramp, and the horrible ice (since they don't flood the ice before closing).

The other hockey pads are further west, and are too far for me to travel to and from.

It's a lot of fun... noncompetitive and not really hockey. Playing always reminds me why I took up the game in the first place.

Injektilo 09-28-2010 09:49 AM

Pond hockey is the best kind of hockey there is.

Rob Brown 09-28-2010 12:12 PM

I live in a private neighbourhood and we have a tennis court down the street that we flood every winter, so it turns into a pretty large drink. The ice is usually pretty good, and there are tall fences surrounding the court that make for good boards, especially when there are small snow banks on the bottoms. I'll post pics some time.

The problem is lots of little kids come by sometimes, which means those of us older have to watch ourselves and not get in their way/swear/drink/whatever. The worst is those who come and don't play hockey, they just skate around.

Canadian Chris 09-28-2010 11:25 PM


The best part about living in Northern BC is the fact that you can go almost anywhere and find a flooded tennis court, an outdoor rink or a lake!

We spent 8hrs on lake here last boxing day. Had the fire going in the cabin and then got one going on the shore as well...just a gorgeous time. LOVE IT!

JBauerly97 01-09-2013 09:23 AM

We do here as much as possible. Our city Rec Department has a building by the ice that they open and have coffee, cocoa and a wood stove in for people to dress and get warm. They do a decent job of keeping the ice clean, so for what it is, it's not too bad.

SCBruCrew4 01-09-2013 09:29 AM


Originally Posted by FolignoQuantumLeap (Post 27853618)
Does Howdy Doody have a wooden dick?

HAHA! :yo:

I want to play as much as I can, but past two winters here in MA have been barely cold enough to have a good SAFE freeze on the ponds. I mean it's 36* right now in Boston with a high of 46*....that's no bueno

Jarick 01-09-2013 09:34 AM

Yep it's been brutal the last several winters.

This year has been okay but it didn't get cold until late December. Last year it really didn't get cold at all. The year before was good but a lot of snow. The year before that too warm. And the year before that it was just freezing cold.

I just want a nice mild winter with 20* temps from mid-Nov through Feb.

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