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A hockey purist's dream

Pond players and rink rats come together in N.H. for a winter classic of their own

Updated: January 26, 2011, 2:35 PM ET
By Brion O'Connor | ESPNBoston.com

Stop by any pond hockey tournament, and you'll witness a frosty tableau of giddy, puck-loving weekend warriors reliving glory days, enjoying the great outdoors and knocking back a few carbonated beverages. Draw composite pictures of those players, and the images would break into two distinct camps. First is the grizzled 35-year-old or 40-plus hockey veteran, who grew up on the ponds, with a quaint beer belly stretching his jersey but still with good wheels and a good idea of how to use ...

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