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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic — Day 2 Photos and Video

The second day of the GRD Pond Hockey Classic started off a bit warmer than Day 1, and much warmer than last year!

This was both good news and bad news for the event.

Good news: A lot of people came out and took advantage of the great weather to hang out and party with GRD for the day of hockey.

Bad news because, well, that much warmth isn't really the best thing for ice.

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Rick Martinez/97.9 WGRD
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WGRD Pond Hockey Classic Put Off Ice for Rest of Weekend Because of Conditions

The WGRD Pond Hockey Classic 2015 is done for the weekend and its remaining games will be rescheduled because of tenuous ice conditions at Richmond Park.

As of 9 p.m. EST Saturday, it was determined by tournament officials the ice at the Grand Rapids park was no longer in playable condition and Sunday's schedule has been canceled, said Angela Paasche, the tourney's director and Townsquare Media Grand Rapids live events manager.

Forty-five teams had played games Friday and Saturday in the WGRD Pond Hockey Classic, presented by Labatt Blue and Dematic. Most of Saturday's games had been completed.

Plans are to announce rescheduling of the remainder of the tournament early next week, Paasche said.

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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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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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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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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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Kathy Libby/ThinkStock
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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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Another Great Hockey Movie to Prepare You for Pond Hockey

Seann William Scott isn't just limited to playing a douchebag in the American Pie Movies, or a monk-in-training smart-ass in Bulletprook Monk. He can also play a total goon as the new enforcer on the ice in the hockey comedy Goon from 2011.

If you haven't seen it, he plays a bouncer who's not as smart or as talented as his adoptive family, but he's got a head and fists of freaking stone.

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