Pond Hockey: The Purest Form of Hockey

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DISCLAIMER: Please use this guide to determine if ice is suitable enough to be used.

There is nothing like playing a game of pond hockey on a snowy day in North America.

Of the “Big 4” sports in North America, hockey is definitely the most expensive. Football and baseball just need a natural growing field that needs to be cut every now and then, a few pieces of equipment covering certain areas of the body, and a ball you are a good to go. Basketball just needs a net, ball, and pavement to get a game started. Hockey on the other hand, needs players to be covered in equipment from head to toe, a temperature controlled arena, and an expensive Zamboni using up to 380 litres of water after each game that is played.

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Around the Arena: Top 12 Pond Hockey Rinks

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It is that time of year where outdoor ice rinks start to pop-up throughout North America. When I see these rinks I can’t help but want to have hockey go back to the roots of the game, the great white outdoors of winter. Any outdoor rink is awesome for a game of “pond hockey”, but some outdoor rinks have the atmosphere and setting to truly be a special venue. Here are my top 12 North American picks for outdoor rinks to play some pond hockey on.  (Note: some of these rinks have restrictions/rules against or inhibiting the play of hockey on them, therefore it is more where I wish I could play pond hockey)

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