WAUSAU, Wis (WSAW) -- The weather may be warmer than usual, but the annual Leinenkugel's Classic Pond Hockey Tournament went off without a hitch.
The tournament is known as the second largest tournament in the state for pond hockey; this year 54 teams from more than seven states came to compete.
For years the tournament has been held at Marathon Park, but due to warmer than average temperatures, the games were moved to Sunnyvale Park.
"It’s fun to come back every year,” stated Lawrence Ollearis, a participant and vendor. “It's a small family reunion without the family ties,” Olleris laughed.
With more competitors than ever before, pucks hit the ice on Friday and continued until Sunday afternoon. Despite the competition, hockey players say this was a great teambuilding activity for everyone to participate in.
"There are teams that came up from Chicago,” added Tyler Balcrak, a referee of the hockey tournament. “I ran into people from my old high school that traveled to play a pond hockey game in Wausau. It feels great to see this.
Whoever wins this weekend will take home the trophy but most importantly bragging rights. Although the games were for adults 21-years and older, it was free for anyone in the community to watch from the sidelines.
"A lot of our friends we don’t get to see anymore because they all graduated and went their separate ways. This is our one weekend where we get to hang out again," explained Macy Schultz who participates every year.
It is unclear it the tournament will be held at Marathon Park next year.