Annual Pond Hockey Classic Returning to Meredith

It’s been a cold winter so far, which is good news for hockey lovers. Low temperatures mean frozen lakes and ponds, and where there is ice, there will be hockey! Soon, crews from the New England Pond Hockey Classic will be in Meredith to prepare rinks on the solid surface of Lake Winnipesaukee. The annual tournament takes place in just a couple weeks!

The 8th Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic will take place in Meredith, NH February 3 – 5, 2017. The tournament has steadily earned a reputation for providing players and fans alike with a traditional, nostalgic, and truly competitive pond hockey experience. The past several winters have seen quaint Meredith Village on Lake Winnipesaukee bustling with activity as hockey lovers from all over New England and beyond converge on this normally quiet winter wonderland.

The first New England Pond Hockey Classic took place in February of 2010, with 77 teams playing old-style hockey in pursuit of the coveted “WinnipeHockey Cup.” Since then the event has become one of the most sought after pond hockey tournaments in the country. Now in its eighth year, the NEPHC is bigger than ever, with the event sold out at 270 teams that will compete on 26 classic rinks. The organization has also added two other annual tournaments to its schedule, one on Lake Champlain and one in Montana.

The organizers are once again offering the on-ice “Labatt Blue Zone,” an Official Tournament Bar featuring Labatt Blue beer and Common Man concessions. There will also be live music from the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Stage at the Lawn at Bay Point during Friday and Saturday of the tournament. To make getting to the tournament easy, shuttles will run from Laconia Harley Davidson and Hart’s Turkey Farm parking lots to the town docks in Meredith.

Pond hockey athletes are encouraged to bring their previously used equipment to donate to Restore Hockey, the tournament’s official non-profit sponsor. Restore Hockey cleans and restores the equipment and donates it to children, families, and organizations in need. Says Scott Crowder, organizer of the NEPHC, “All this stuff that would normally end up in a landfill is ending up on the ice… and a child gets a chance to fall in love with the game.” Restore Hockey also gladly accepts financial donations, which help the organization purchase new equipment for the community. The Pond Hockey Classic is proud to partner with this great organization.

For more information about the New England Pond Hockey Classic or Restore Hockey, please visit the NEPHC website at www.pondhockeyclassic.com. To book your weekend in Meredith, call Mill Falls at the Lake at 800-622-6455.

Here’s to a great Pond Hockey weekend! Good luck to the NEPHC teams!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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