World Pond Hockey tourney hits N.B.



Players from as far away as California, England, Denmark and Singapore are in Plaster Rock, N.B., this weekend for the World Pond Hockey Championship.

The four-day event, which started in 2002, has attracted 120 teams.

"Well, I couldn't find any good ice or any hockey in Singapore and my buddies had come to this tournament previously, so I figured I'd make the trip this year," said Jeff Thompson from Singapore.

The Montreal Lagers are here for their fifth year. They love the event so much that they bought a house across from the pond. Inside, they've built a bar full of team memorabilia to continue the off-ice camaraderie late into the night.

Tom Godher calls his team "a bunch of middle-aged kids."

"We do invite a lot of the teams we've gotten to know in here. We definitely have competitions around the bar," said Godher.

The World Pond Hockey Championship began, and continues to be, a fundraising activity for a new arena for the people of New Brunswick's Tobique River Valley.

This year's competition began Thursday and ends Sunday.