Players gearing up for the Lake in the Hills Pond Hockey Tournament —which had been scheduled for this weekend— will have to wait at least another couple weeks to hit the ice.
The original tournament date set for this Saturday has been re-scheduled for Feb. 2, since the ice on Woods Creek Lake is not thick enough, said Trevor Bosak, with the Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Department, in an e-mail.
"We currently have six inches of ice...we need at least eight inches in order to run the tournament," Bosack said.
There's still much more ice on Woods Creek Lake this year compared to last year when the pond hockey tournament was cancelled.
"I think that last year due to unseasonable warmth we didn’t have much ice at all," he said.
The pond hockey tournament is only in its third year and if conditions improve in the coming weeks, will be held off of Indian Trail Beach on Woods Creek Lake. If conditions stay the same or get worse, the tournament will again be cancelled.
There are currently 14 teams registered for the tournament. All games have two, 15-minute halves with a two minute halftime. The first puck drops at 8 a.m. on Feb. 2.
This year's winning team will be honored on the ice during the National Anthem at the Feb. 17 Chicago Wolves game.