7th Annual Adult Pond Hockey Tournament Kicks OffSubmitted: 01/12/2018
Story By Maggie Fitzgerald

7th Annual Adult Pond Hockey Tournament Kicks Off
WAUSAU - The seventh annual Leinenkugel's Classic Pond Hockey Tournament in Wausau's Marathon Park started on Friday.

It may not be on an actual pond but more than 500 people will play. Organizers says it is the second largest adult pond hockey tournament in the state.

"We have nine different divisions," said Jim Brown, a tournament director. One of them being a woman's division.

The tournament hosts 66 teams from seven different states, some from as far away as Texas and Georgia. Games will be played on the 12 rinks in a round robin format.

"It's kind of a little more like a pickup style hockey because its four-on-four and we have modified nets," said Brown.

Although only adults can play, it's really all about the kids. The proceeds for the tournament help around 250 Marathon County kids keep their hockey registration costs low.

One of those kids is Bryce Jokinen, who plays for the Wausau Warjacks. Bryce's father, Stephen Jokinen, is playing for his son's love of the sport.

"I'm generally at my son's hockey if I'm not at my own hockey," said Jokinen.

Jokinen has skated in the tournament since it started. He looks forward to Bryce cheering him on.

Games started on Friday night. The action will continue on both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free and there is a heated tent with plenty of food and drinks.

"It's fun for the whole family to come out. It's a family event," said Brown.

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