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2015 Pond Hockey Day 1
Metalhead Ned and Julie rockin' Pond Hockey!
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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic – Day 1 Photos and Video

The GRD Pond Hockey Classic kicked off last night at Richmond Park in Grand Rapids at about 5:45, with the opening ceremonies, hosted by Hot Wings, Producer Steve, and Producer Joe from the Free Beer and Hot Wings show. Some of our staff even sang the National Anthem to help kick off the weekend of hockey action!

The games got underway on the ice that looked amazing, and we blasted through five hours of pond hockey before anyone even noticed it!

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Rick Martinez/97.9 WGRD
Rick Martinez/97.9 WGRD
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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015: Friday Night Lights

Forty-five-teams. Five rinks. Three days over one weekend. One park in Grand Rapids.

That pretty much sums up the WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015, which opened Friday night under the lights.

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Kathy Libby/ThinkStock
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Get Ready for This Weekend’s GRD Pond Hockey Classic with Video from Last Year

Last year's GRD Pond Hockey Classic was my first ever experience with Pond Hockey, since I come from Texas, and we don't exactly have enough cold weather to free over our bathtubs, let alone a whole pond!

I'm really excited for this year's Pond Hockey Classic, kicking off tonight at 5:45 at Richmond Hills Park. We have 4 rounds of hockey throughout the weekend, one tonight, two tomorrow, and the fourth on Sunday.

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Sunday Is Final Day to Sign Up for WGRD Pond Hockey Classic!

You read that headline right!

SUNDAY (Jan. 18) is the last day to sign up for the WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015!

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Rick Martinez/97.9 WGRD
Rick Martinez/97.9 WGRD
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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015 Rocks Richmond Park January 23-25 in Grand Rapids [Video]

97.9 GRD Rocks will host the fourth annual WGRD Pond Hockey Classic, presented by Labatt Blue and Dematic.

More than 40 teams will play on the frozen surface at Richmond Park in Grand Rapids starting Friday night (Jan. 23) and running through Sunday, Jan. 25. Division finals will be the afternoon of Jan. 25.

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Bill Pugliano/Getty Image
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North American International Auto Show 2015 Opens to Public [Video]

From big, bad super cars to luxury vehicles you dream about, the North American International Auto Show 2015 is capturing the attention of the automotive world with 51 product introductions at its press previews.

There have been big pickups, high-performance muscle cars, hybrids, plug-ins and even driver-less entries. All tallied, there have been 48 worldwide and three North American reveals this week.

Now it's your turn to see the vehicles at the Detroit show, which runs through Jan. 25 at Cobo Center.

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Matt Conrad
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Sunday is Your Last Chance to Sign Up for the 2015 Pond Hockey Classic!

Yes, you read that title right! This coming Sunday is the final day to sign up for the WGRD Pond Hockey Classic at Richmond Hill Park!

If you were hesitating on signing up, this may be your last chance to hesitate!

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Throwback Thursday: National Anthem Singer-Skater Wipes Out On Ice Before Hockey Game [Video]

Ah, throwback Thursday. Let's travel back in time to this past fall... when a guy fell.

While ice skating and singing the national anthem.

A lesson to us all, really, about why you don't try to do both of those things at once.

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Reg Lancaster/Express/Getty Images
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Students Can See ‘Selma’ for Free on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day [Video]

Students who have the day off from school on Monday can see the movie "Selma" for free.

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Alpena Hockey Player Has a Rough Time Leaving the Ice [Video]

Mitchell Skiba plays for the Alpena Flyers in Alpena, Mich., and he managed the best/worst exit ever after getting ejected from a game over the weekend.

Skiba had just been given a penalty, and was skating off the ice angrily, when he decided to slam his stick into the wall as he skated off the ice. Bad idea, it turns out. 

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Carma Casula, Getty Images
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Ultimate Pond Hockey Involves Getting Strapped to a Helicopter [GoPro Video]

Talk about dedication to a sport. This guy loves pond hockey so much, he straps himself to a helicopter to get to a game on a frozen lake high up in the mountains.

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Why Pond Hockey is Awesome [Video]

We are only a few weeks away from the GRD Pond a Hockey Classic at Richmond Hills Park, so you still have lots of time to get your team signed up to play!

i experienced my first pond hockey last year, and it looked like so much fun to play, if I has any sort of coordination, I would have tried to learn that weekend, and I'd probably be a hockey freak already!

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