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Grandville Hockey’s Mitchell Parsons Named High School Athlete of the Week

Mitchell Parsons, who captains eighth-ranked Grandville High School's hockey team, is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

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Grand Rapids Griffins’ Purple Community Game Benefits Van Andel Institute [Sponsored]

The Grand Rapids Griffins are hosting their fourth annual Purple Community Game to benefit Van Andel Institute on Friday evening.

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Porno Audio Plays In Background of Hockey TV Broadcast [Video]

Last Thursday night, the Nashville Predators played the St. Louis Blues.

During the television broadcast of the NHL matchup on Fox Sports Tennessee, some people heard something other than the traditional sounds of hockey play-by-play. It was something much, much different.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Getting Ready for GRD’s Pond Hockey Classic Watching Great Hockey Movies

GRD's Pond Hockey Classic is only a couple weekends away, January 23-25th, at Richmond Hills Park. If you're not signed up yet, get your team signed up now, and come out and have some fun with us that weekend, as we search for the Ultimate Pond Hockey Champions!

We're getting ourselves into the hockey frame of mind by watching movies with hockey in them, and you can't talk hockey movies without looking at 1977's Slap Shot!

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Young Hockey Fan with Down Syndrome Goes on Date with NHL’s Alex Ovechkin [Video]

This feels right in the feels is how I can describe this video.

It was the first thing that I stumbled upon when I was doing my daily surf through Facebook. I love it when sports stars, rock stars, millionaires, etc., take the time out of their busy schedule and do something for the people.

This video will tug at your heart strings a little bit.

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