Lake Minnetonka Pond Hockey weekend Jan. 19-22 

The annual North American Pond Hockey Championship will be Jan. 19-22 in Excelsior. (Sun Sailor file photo)

As cold weather finally arrives in Minnesota, the North American Pond Hockey Championship has announced plans to expand the annual weekend of fun Jan. 19-22 on Lake Minnetonka.

The fifth annual charity fundraiser will be bigger than ever, featuring the signature pond hockey tournament, plus other winter fun and games including an outdoor bean-bag tournament, three benefit concerts and a 5K on the shores of Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, next to Maynard’s Restaurant.

This year’s plans will offer two options for competitors, pond hockey and bags, after the event shifted gears last year due to warm weather. Proceeds from the tournaments will benefit the ALS Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota chapter. Players and fans are invited to come out, enjoy the games and take in the community event all weekend.

The pond hockey tournament will include up to 70 men’s and women’s teams. Interested players are encouraged to register sooner rather than later as the tournament has sold out in the past, according to Steve Youngstedt, president of the board of directors of the DWB Memorial Foundation, the nonprofit organization that hosts the weekend event.

The weekend will also feature the world’s largest outdoor winter bean-bag tournament. Additional activities will include hockey-themed games on Saturday and Sunday in the Club Cambria tent.

New bands will join the weekend’s entertainment in the main rent, located next to Maynard’s. Live bands will perform 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Watch for ticket information on the event website at pondhockeylakeminnetonka.com.

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