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Pond Hockey Tournament Cancelled

Village officials say the warm winter weather has not been ideal for producing thick enough ice to hold this year's Pond Hockey Tournament on Woods Creek Lake.

This year's Pond Hockey Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, has been canceled, according to a village of Lake in the Hills press release. 

Warm winter temperatures has made for less-than-ideal conditions on Woods Creek Lake in producing ice thick enough for this year's tournament. 

Eight inches of ice is needed to , according to a Lake in the Hills Patch article. Much of the winter, there has been standing water on Woods Creek Lake. 

The village of Lake in the Hills plans to host the tournament in 2013. Last year was the first year the village hosted the tournament, which drew 12 teams to compete and 80 spectators .

The village's Monday press release cited statistics from WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling to illustrate how warm this winter has been.

Since Dec. 1, this winter has been the warmest in 78 years, according to the press release. This winter season also has had "the fewest subfreezing daytime temperatures (just 11 of them) in four decades and the fewest days in which the ground has been snow-covered in 23 years."

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 1-847-960-7460.

LITH citizen January 31, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Instead of having the pond hockey tournament on Woods Creek Lake, the Village should invest in outdoor ice hockey rink kits that I saw in the Palatine? These kits are inexpensive and available at Local Sporting Goods stores. You can build as many rinks as you want at Sunset Park to attract more teams and raise a lot more money to be able to pay for the kits. This way the Village does not have any safety concerns regarding the thickness of the ice on the Lake; this will also give the people of Lake In The Hills the opportunity to enjoy outdoor hockey the entire winter. Just a thought, but I believe this makes good business sense for the Village. – Signed, Hockey Fan

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