Paul Bunyan pond hockey postponed

Posted Jan. 26, 2010, at 10:45 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Monday’s rainstorm has postponed the first Paul Bunyan Pond Hockey Tournament from this weekend to next weekend, Feb. 6-7 at Bass Park.

Registration will be held at 7 a.m. Feb. 6, with matches starting at 8 a.m. Each team will play at least three matches, and the day will wrap up in late afternoon. Matches will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 7, and wrap up by 1 or 2 p.m.

Organized by the Bangor Area Breakfast Rotary, the tourney will benefit Camp CaPella, the Dedham facility that serves children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

Teams of four to six players will compete in five divisions in the tournament: open division, ages 18-20, 40 and over, 50 and over, and a women’s division. All players must be at least 18.

In addition, the Bangor Area Sled Hogs, who play seated on small sleds, using two half-length hockey sticks to propel them, will give demonstrations on Saturday.

Most recently, the team gave a demonstration during intermission at the University of Maine hockey game at Alfond Arena. The team comprises mostly people who use wheelchairs.

“Pond hockey is really fun to play and watch, though the rough stuff in traditional hockey is against the rules,” said tournament organizer Ryan McPike.

Volunteers from the Rotary Club, Penobscot Job Corps and Granville Rental put down the plastic liner for the ice rinks last week at Bass Park.

In addition to the six hockey rinks at Bass Park, a huge heated tent will enable fans to buy food, drinks and pond hockey merchandise.

For information on the tournament, call McPike at 848-3796 or log on to www.pbpondhockey.com.

The mission of Camp CaPella is to provide quality-of-life experiences for people with disabilities and their families by providing year-round accessible recreational and educational learning experiences.

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