Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic returns to Big Lake
There's big hockey action this weekend on Big Lake, site of this year's Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic.
For the AIS Assassins and the Lakers, playing there after the Classic was moved from Goose Lake two years ago, the ice is not the only place where things heat up during this game.
"It feels good, it's a little hot for us," says Phillip Brevogel, as he and his Assassins are among the record 106 teams in this year's event.
The Classic's goal remains the same since its Goose Lake days: raise money for the Scotty Gomez Foundation, which helps disadvantaged kids get into the game and tries to make hockey more accessible.
"The Scotty Gomez Foundation promotes hockey by sponsoring, subsidized 170 kids that wouldn't normally skate, wouldn't be able to afford to skate," said foundation president Carlos Gomez, Alaska-grown NHL great Scotty Gomez's father. "That's our job, make hockey affordable."
February saw the Anchorage Hockey Association play its first outdoors games at the Bonnie Cusack Outdoor Rinks. The Scotty Gomez Foundation helped pay for them.
For the teams on the ice, though, there's more to it than skating for a good cause.
"You just get to have fun with a lot of your friends," Brevogel said. "And my friends over there, they're cool guys."
Even more enjoyable for Brevogel and his teammates was their win against the Lakers.
The Classic is set to run from Friday through Monday, with more information available on its website.
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