Leinenkugel's Classic Hockey Tourney moves locations due to weather

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The 8th Annual Leinenkugel's Classic Pond Hockey tournament has moved locations due to the lack of snow in our area.

"The tournament is an adult hockey tournament played outside on a pond size rink with non conventional goals, that is a fund raiser for Marathon County Youth Hockey, and the idea all started due to the huge success of the tournament in Eagle River, and the desire to have an outdoor tournament as a fundraiser for youth hockey," explained organizer Jim Brown.

Those attending can expect to see a lot of hockey action with 12 rinks and a large heated tent that is fully carpeted with concessions and beer.

However, this is the first year that due to the inability to make ice at Marathon Park, the tournament has had to be moved back to Sunnyvale Lake.

"This shouldn't really affect anything, with many teams coming from outside the area they are staying in hotels and eating out at restaurants, so it brings money to the local economy and showcases the community no matter where it is put on," Brown said.

This year there are 54 teams registered from 5 different states, many of which are coming from the Chicago area.

The fun all starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There is no charge for admission and plenty of good food and entertaining jockey games for all.