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Work to start on US Pond Hockey tent, rinks

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The site of the eighth annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships is about to start taking shape in Minneapolis.

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Construction is scheduled to begin Wednesday on the giant warming tent and 26 rinks on Lake Nokomis. Work will continue through Saturday.

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships bills itself as the largest pond hockey tournament in the country.

Organizers say pond hockey celebrates the way the sport is meant to be played — outdoors in the cold, with players using a shovel to clear the ice. Teams compete in the USPHC to have their names inscribed on the Golden Shovel.

This year's tournament runs Jan. 18-20.

Find out more about the tournament online here.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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