Texans Come to North for Frozen Fun! There was something very special about playing hockey on the frozen pond as a kid. Heading out into the cold with your skates over your shoulder, you and your hockey buddies pushing the newly fallen snow off the pond, then using your boots as goal posts and hearing the imaginary roar of the crowd as you scored the first goal.
Ryan Scott recalls this magic. And, it's what he has now recreated and shared with his Texan teammates thanks to CAN/AM's annual Pond Hockey tournament.
Scott, originally from Wisconsin, skated on frozen ponds frequently in his youth. He now lives in San Antonio, Tx., where he says there is only one rink for a population of 1.7 million people.
Scott made it his mission to get Texans to experience the grand old hockey game how it originated - outdoors. Last year, he organized his team - Rut Hockey (www.ruthockey.com) - to go to Lake Placid, NY, to experience the CAN/AM Pond Hockey tournament.
While the team did not win a single game in their inaugural tournament (their closest match was a 15-14 loss), they had a blast and are returning again this January.
"It was everyone's first experience, except for me, skating on a frozen lake," says Scott. "The resort, the accommodations and how the tournament is run is all first-class. We couldn't have asked for a better time."
This January, Chris Frieman will return for the third time to compete in the Pond Hockey tournament. A past participant on The Wackers, who hail from New Jersey, Frieman grew up playing pond hockey.
"It's a great experience," he says. "The guys I play with love it. Some of these teams make you look like you've never played hockey before. It's a different type of hockey. There are no boards, it's a lot of finesse and passing; it's extremely tiring and it's bitterly cold. I can't wait for this year's event."