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10th Anniversary Logo Unveiled for Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship

07/29/2014, 2:15pm CDT
By USAHockey.com

USA Hockey unveiled the 10th anniversary logo for the Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championship on Tuesday.

The tournament's tenth iteration will take place on Dollar Lake in Eagle River, Wis., February 6-8 and continues to be one of the most popular events on the USA Hockey calendar.

USA Hockey will release more details surrounding the anniversary celebration in the coming months.

Registration Records Smashed

Anticipation for the open registration was high and pond hockey enthusiasts delivered a record-setting day.

  • In just ten minutes, more than 300 teams registered.
  • The first division sold out in less than three minutes.
  • More than 1,000 people were on the website vying for the roughly 350 open team slots.
  • The USA Hockey Adult Events App, which provides unique access to the pond hockey tournament as well as all USA Hockey adult events, has spiked with more than 250 downloads since registration day.

New Promotional Video Launched

USA Hockey also released a new promotional video for the pond hockey tournament featuring clips from the picturesque scene on Dollar Lake. Check out the video and share with friends on YouTube!
 

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Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical officer for USA Hockey, says the positives of playing hockey are contagious.

“Participation in ice hockey provides all the benefits of exercise while building friendships and ensuring a fun time,” says Stuart, who is also the vice-chair of Orthopedic Surgery and the co-director of the Sports Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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“Playing adult hockey is a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun,” says Stuart, who also emphasizes maintaining a balanced diet. As for safety concerns, he adds: “The risk of injury is small in no-check, adult hockey games, but players should wear high-quality, well-fitting equipment, including a helmet and facial protection.”

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“It’s not a lot, but we’re starting to see more and more trickle in,” says Dave Swenson, the AHA’s secretary treasurer who also serves on USA Hockey’s Adult Council and Minnesota Hockey’s Board of Directors.

Swenson wants this trend to continue growing, not just to see the number of players rise, but to reward players for committing to a healthy lifestyle.

“I’m hoping employers think about that a little more,” Swenson adds. “It’s not just softball leagues anymore. There are recreational hockey opportunities out there for adults.”

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