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Jan 16, 2016 11:05 AM

Hockey tournament organizers hoping they're not on thin ice

The Associated Press

MEREDITH — Organizers of the 7th annual New England Pond Hockey Classic have good reason to believe they may be skating on thin ice.

The popular tournament on Lake Winnipesaukee attracts upward of 250 teams to a grid of rinks in Meredith Bay. This year's tournament is scheduled for Feb. 5-7, allowing more than two weeks for temperatures to drop to the point where the state's largest lake freezes sufficiently for skate traffic.

Scott Crowder, founder of what is now the largest hockey tournament series in North America, tells WMUR-TV (bit.ly/1RW1k2d) that he's optimistic that conditions will enable the tournament to be held on Winnipesaukee. But he also says organizers have a back-up plan if the ice isn't safe.

Crowder says a game schedule will be released on Jan. 27.

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For updates, visit http://www.pondhockeyclassic.com/newengland .

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