Big man-made pond, 52 teams make for one big fundraiser

Eric McCarthy
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WEST POINT --The first 22 games of the P.E.I. Pond Hockey championships were played under the lights on a huge excavation pit in West Point Friday night before the fun moved indoors for a pub at the West Point Harbourside Center.

The Pond Hockey championship , which turns 10 this year, is a fundraising event for the West Point Volunteer Fire Department. Fifty-two teams are entered in the tournament this year, equalling last year’s high.

Seventy-nine more games will be played today before the winners of A, B and C Divisions are declared. Another pub will be held at the Harbourside Center Saturday afternoon and evening, followed by a wrap-up dance.

At minus 8 degrees Friday night, conditions were ideal for outdoor hockey and bearable for those spectators who bundled up for the elements.

With 12 miniature hockey rinks on the large man-made pond, four-on-four hockey is virtually non-stop. While games are being played on some rinks, crews are busy repairing and resurfacing the other rinks. The fire department has its own Zamboni for the occasion.

There’s also a large events tent on the pond with heaters, picnic tables and a canteen. That’s the social hub for teams when they are not playing, and the homemade rink fries are a great way to warm frozen hands and bodies.

Organizations: West Point Harbourside Center, West Point Volunteer Fire Department

Geographic location: WEST POINT

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