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Northwoods Spotlight - Pond Hockey ChampionshipsSubmitted: 02/12/2014
Story By Joe Dufek


EAGLE RIVER - More than 2,300 pond hockey players made their way to Dollar Lake - just outside
of Eagle River. The annual Pond Hockey Championships featured 336 teams playing
on 31 rinks.

"This is our ninth year playing in Eagle River," tournament manager Scott
Albrich of USA Hockey explains. "It's the best weather we've had."

Many teams were from the Northwoods. Including "Range Beverage" out of Hurley.
They finished second in the 30+ silver division. Cory and Ryan Moderson are
brothers on the team. Cory's family enjoys watching him play. 5-year old Devin
is watching dad play for the first time.


"Cool," Devin said. "I never saw him play before."

"This is his first time," Cory Moderson - Devin's dad adds. "He's probably
going to want to go out there after seeing dad play."

Cory's wife Mae says it's amaizing watching the change in her husband when he
steps on the ice.

"He's a completely different person," Mae explains. "Not the guys who is
sitting on the couch. He's out there like an animal or a teenager playing
hockey with his brother."

It's not just the men getting in on the fun. "Up Yours" is one of the 40
women's teams. They're from Houghton, MI. All of these players are older than 50.

"We can't take the down side of life," Shelley Farrey points out. "We figured
we've got to make the best of everyday. Last year we decided to form a team.
Played against kids we could have given birth to. It was tough. If they had a
38 and over division, we would be the only ones out there."

"Very exciting to see hockey being played in it's purest form," Albrich adds.
"Chance for players to go back to when they were kids. Going outside and just
playing."


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