Big Lake is the place to be March 9-11, as more than 100 pond hockey teams from around Alaska are convening for three days of non-stop hockey action.
The Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic returns to Big Lake for the second winter in a row. Sponsored by the Scotty Gomez Foundation, it's the largest hockey event of the year in Alaska - and definitely the most fun. With 13 rinks, a family skating rink and a warming area, food, drinks and entertainment after the games, there's something going on morning until night.
The tournament began in Anchorage in 2015, as part of the city's centennial. After two years, the event outgrew the space and it relocated to Big Lake in 2017. This year's event will be held near Burkeshore Marina (3610 N. Burkeshore Drive) and kicks off Friday morning. There are eight divisions that span all skill levels - from under 10 to those 49 and older.
Following the Friday games, there will be a karaoke party at the site. On Saturday after the games conclude, the band H3 will be hosting a concert.
The tournament is hosted by Scotty Gomez Foundation, run by Alaska's most famous retired NHL player. All proceeds go to his foundation, which works to provide economically and socially disadvantaged youth an opportunity to be introduced to hockey and grow through the sport.
Registration is closed for entering a team, but there is no cost to show up and take in all the action this weekend. For more information, visit the event's website at www.akpond.com.
Check out user images from last year's event: