BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - At one time during the cold months of
January and February, nearly every frozen pond in Canada became centre ice for
thousands of kids and adults playing our national game of hockey. Today, many
ice covered ponds, rivers and lakes are empty.
The game has moved indoors leaving behind the crisp winter air, skate
blades gliding on fresh ice, neighborhood tournaments and the smell of warming
fires. "It's time to bring hockey back to the pond - where it all began, the
way Mother Nature made it" says Gerry Dupuis, President of the Aldershot Lions
Club and Committee Chair for the 2009 Charity Pond Hockey Challenge. "We want
to get players out of the arenas and on to the open ice for a day of friendly
competition and fun, while raising funds for local charities." And it seems
like players are eager to sign-on, forty teams (consisting of 5 or 6 players)
are registered to compete for the Challenge Cup on Saturday February 7th at
Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington. "The corporate support, team
registration, volunteers, and the location are all super" says Dupuis.
Lake Medad, a forty-two acre private lake located on the property of
Hidden Lake Golf Club, is the "pond" at the centre of the action. Ten 75'x150'
ice rinks have been carved out of the snow on top of the Lake Medad and
flooded and scrapped every other day. On the day of the Challenge, over 300
people will be out on the ice, "it's a big job getting everything ready" says
Dupuis "but if we can make the 2009 Charity Pond Hockey Challenge a big
success then future Challenges will continue to raise funds for our community
Pond Hockey isn't the only exciting event happening on February 7th, a
large "Family Skate" rink has been built and opens at 10:00 a.m. for a free
family skate along with "Kid Challenges" including ice bowling and hockey
stick putting. BBQ breakfast and lunch, special awards dinner and a Friday
night social at Hidden Lake Golf clubhouse are all planned.
For further information on the 2009 Charity Pond Hockey Challenge, the
day's agenda and directions to Hidden Lake Golf Club please visit
For further information:
For further information: Gerry Dupuis, President, Aldershot Lions Club,
(905) 691-4085, firstname.lastname@example.org; Stephen Clarke, Marketing Chair, Aldershot
Lions Club, (289) 218-7740, email@example.com