The World Pond Hockey Championship was first held in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick in 2002. It was the first event of its kind to be held anywhere. The event was started as, and continues to this day as a fund raising event to help pay for the costs associated with the construction of a new recreation centre for the community. The new Tobique-Plex facility opened in November of 2007 and serves all age groups within the Tobique Valley region.
From humble beginnings during that first ever event in 2002 that saw 40 teams compete, most of which were from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Maine, the event has grown to feature 120 teams from around the world. Aside from the hundreds of hockey enthusiasts that travel to Plaster Rock each February to compete, the event attracts thousands of spectators and media from around the globe as well. The event is scheduled for the second full weekend in February each year.
- ROULSTON LAKE (PLASTER ROCK TOURIST PARK)
- PLAY TAKES PLACE ON 20 RINKS (APPROX. 75 X 150’)
- 40 TEAMS PLAY SIMULTANEOUSLY
- 120 TEAMS (4 ON 4) ROUND ROBIN
- EACH TEAM GUARANTEED 5 GAMES
- 1 GAME ON THURSDAY EVENING
- 2 GAMES EACH TEAM (FRIDAY)
- 2 GAMES EACH TEAM (SATURDAY)
- PLAY-OFF ROUND (SUNDAY) TOP 32 TEAMS 0- SINGLE ELIMINATION
PARTICIPATING TEAMS HAVE REPRESENTED 12 CANADIAN PROVINCES / TERRITORIES; 35 U.S. STATES AND A TOTAL OF 15 COUNTRIES WORLD WIDE.
8,000 + PEOPLE OVER THE FOUR DAYS
THE WORLD POND HOCKEY EVENT HAS BEEN FEATURED ON CBC-TV; HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA; TSN; ROGERS SPORTSNET, CTV; GLOBAL-TV; THE WEATHER NETWORK, NBC, ABC, ESPN AND CBS, AS WELL AS THE GLOBE AND MAIL; NEW YORK TIMES; TORONTO SUN; WALL STREET JOURNAL; WASHINGTON POST; MONTREAL GAZETTE; TIME MEGAZINE; SPORTS ILLUSTRATED; FACE-OFF MAGAZINE, THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE, CANADIAN GEOGRAPHIC and OUR CANADA magazine.