03/06/14 - 1:02pm
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — It was the kind of day where beards sprouted icicles, wearing wool socks was an exercise in wishful thinking, and your beer rattled frozen inside its can.
That is to say, the perfect afternoon for pond hockey.
“This is the roots of the game out here,” said Tommy Haines, who on a recent Sunday was one of the first players to arrive and climb down the hill to a pond tucked away in a Coralville neighborhood.
Soon, a pond-side fire was crackling, a couple of 12-packs were tucked into a snowbank and Haines and his buddies were lacing up their skates.