Team Singapore Goes to the World Pond Hockey Championship

2/18/12

Each year in February, about 8,000 people come to the quiet village of Plaster Rock in New Brunswick, Canada for the World Pond Hockey Championship. For four days, 120 teams play hockey on frozen Roulston Lake in a round robin tournament. Some teams come with the hopes of winning the Goodwill Cup, but most come just to have fun and play hockey with friends. 

This was the second year that Jeff took a team from Singapore to the WPHC. The tournament is something Jeff looks forward to all year long because he really loves playing pond hockey. It definitely must be something you do for the love of sport, because it was absolutely freezing the entire weekend. It made me happy to see Jeff enjoying himself out there on the pond, skating with his buddies and doing what he loves. 

I bought my first pair of snow boots and my first real winter coat ever for the trip to New Brunswick. I've experienced really cold weather only a handful of times in my life and I just got back from living in Singapore; it goes without saying that I was pretty miserable in the snow. I don't think I've quite acclimated back to California's weather yet, so standing on a frozen pond all weekend was a new experience for me. I think I consumed a month's worth of hot chocolate in one weekend trying to warm myself up.

The trip to New Brunswick was an adventure itself. We flew from SFO to Boston, then flew from Boston to Presque Isle, Maine, where we rented cars and drove across the border to Grand Falls, NB. We stayed in Grand Falls because we couldn't find anywhere to stay in Plaster Rock. The village of Plaster Rock has a population of 1,221, so what little lodging they have books up quickly. 

I am already hoping to come back next year because the WPHC weekend was so much fun, and the people of New Brunswick are some of the friendliest and most welcoming I've ever met. Oh, and because I love poutine. 


7 comments:

  1. I would love to get that far east in Canada. I've only ever been to the furthest west! Looks chilly!

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  2. One of the BEST weekends of my life! Thank you guys so much for making it possible for Nick and I to be apart of it. We CANNOT WAIT until next year!!! LOve and Miss you guys! See you soon! XOXO PS Flora-LOVE THE PICS!!

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  3. Awesome! Some of my friends have started up a hockey team here in Saudi Arabia. I love how Canadians bring hockey with them wherever they go!

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    1. That's really great that there is ice in Saudi Arabia. The rink in Singapore closed a few years ago. Luckily for the hockey players there, it is opening soon.

      You should tell your friends about the tournament. The organizers love having international teams attend.

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  4. I think it's time you enter some (or most or all) of your photos in a contest or show them wall size at a gallery. These look so perfect I might think they're fake if I didn't know what an awesome photographer you are :o)

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    1. Tell you what, I'll make one for you that's wall size. And you can just show it to your friends. We'll call it the Nlo Gallery.

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  5. Well in that case I want 4 wall size photos! It would have to be outdoors ones so that each wall people look at they feel like theyre actually there :o)

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