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Pond Hockey Tournament Raises Money for First Responders

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Rochester: Pond Hockey Tournament Raises Money for First Responders
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When it gets this cold, many of us try stay inside to keep warm, but in Wayne County, hundreds of people took to the ice outside.

It was for an old fashion game of hockey with a good cause.

For amateur hockey players, this is how the game is played.

"It's like hockey in it's original way. It's perfect," said Gus Braun, tournament player.

It was a little more than ten degrees on Carey Lake in Macedon Saturday morning.
Cold; still, nearly a perfect day for pond hockey.

"We saw six degrees this morning we were a little concerned but you know, we came out here got warmed up and it's good," said Jacques Lemaire, tournament player.

About 70 teams like Sweat X, which traveled from Cleveland, came from all over the country to participate in this year's Labatt Blue Canal Cup. The tournament has been going on since 2008.

"Last year, we didn't do anything because the weather was warm," said Ray House, tournament organizer.

House says this year's cold winter came a new set of challenges.

"This is the extreme. Last night, we were out here all night plowing the snow and of course the snow at this temperature will freeze automatically so it adheres to the ice maybe too much," said House.

This year's two-day tournament is also raising money for first responders at local volunteer fire departments, including the recent tragedy-stricken West Webster Fire Department.

"We kind of try to give back to them. They give us a lot of their time, a lot of their energy. They are all volunteer a lot of them are so we want to give something back to them," said House.

Whether you're a player or just a fan of the game this tournament going on this weekend isn't just about winning but braving the cold for a good time and a good cause.

"I love hockey, Amerks and all that Sabres. I love hockey so I'm out here having," said Mark Hergenroder, spectator.

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