Archive - Jan 6, 2012 - Sports Article
The Mammoth Lakes Lakers, our local pond hockey team, are headed to Minneapolis to compete for the Golden Shovel in the sixth annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championship.
You might not have heard about the Mammoth Lakes Lakers, but theyâ€™ve been around as long as â€¦ well â€¦ as long as Mammoth locals have been skating and playing hockey.
This year, the Mammoth Lakes Lakers are Jeff Posey, Peter Chapman, Mike Rousseau, Ryan Widen, Jim Lynch and Joe Hannigan.
As it turns out, the political wrangling and the financing debates have worked themselves out, adding to a record season at the newly reopened ice rink.
December attendance at the rink doubled over December 2009â€”the last season the rink was open.
Going into the New Year, the rink already is 85 percent of the total attendance than it had in 2009-10.
â€śWhat a time to reopen the Ice Rink,â€ť said Stuart Brown, the Townâ€™s recreation director.
â€śAttendance has been through the roof and the quality of the experience on the ice for our guests has surpassed our expectations,â€ť he said.
Neither dust nor sun nor heat of night shall keep the Village Championships from their appointed rounds.
â€śThe VCsâ€ť begin on Tuesday with the Race Department putting up gates for the first round of racing.
The second round will take place Jan. 24, followed by races on Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 20; and April 3.
The VC team and individual finals will be April 10.
Itâ€™s a wide-open competition, as it has been for 36 previous seasons. The racers are local and regional business owners, masterâ€™s racers, junior team coaches, ski instructors, current and past competing racers.