Friday, January 22, 2016

It’s January in Minnesota! Bring on the Pond Hockey! ... or Bean Bag Tournaments!

This weekend kicks off one of Minnesota’s time honored traditions. Pond hockey is back!

North American Pond Hockey (Bag Slush Tournament)
January 22 - 24th
Excelsior, MN


Due to poor ice conditions on Lake Minnetonka, the annual North American Pond Hockey Championship has shifted gears. According to a press release from the organization, “Their goal: to do what’s best while still ensuring that players. Rather than bagging their entire event, they are bean-bagging it. The group announced that the event’s pond hockey tournament will be replaced this year with a weekend of winter fun and other games, featuring quite possibly the world’s largest outdoor winter bean-bag tournament.”

The NAPHC event, including the “bags” tourney, other games, and a Friday evening concert, featuring the Johnny Holm Band, will benefit The Hendrickson Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the game of hockey to people who are wheelchair bound, amputees, have cognitive issues, or were injured serving our country in the military.

The Saturday evening concert by country singer Tim Sigler will raise money for the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota chapter of the ALS Association, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides services to assist people with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and their families.

Sunday morning, the Flurry Scurry 5K walk/run in Excelsior will support DinoMights, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis that aims to equip our urban youth to develop physical, academic, social, and spiritual excellence through hockey.

Excelsior, MN
Downtown Excelsior is a great option for the whole family this weekend. The Club Cambria tent is going to offer all kinds of actvities for kids and families alike along with great food and prizes! Check it out! 

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