Pond Hockey, a Sport for Everyone

There are many unwritten rules in the sport of pond hockey. Perhaps one of the most important rules is that pond hockey doesn’t exclude anybody. 

All are welcome

Hockey on the pond (lake, backyard rink, or wherever you choose to play) invites players of all backgrounds, experience levels, and age groups to enjoy their time on the ice. You don’t have to be a hockey player or know how to skate! Whether you”re new to skating or already have experience on the ice, there’s room for everyone to join a game of pond hockey.

No equipment? No problem

Beyond the unwritten rules of inclusivity, pond hockey also helps make the sport of hockey more accessible for all. Unlike a typical structured ice hockey game, players don’t need fancy equipment or coaches to feel like they are part of the game. Players can use just about anything to create a goal; a boot or shoe, backpack or even a water bottle will do the trick. From the moment you step on the ice, there is nothing but fun in store!

Inclusivity beyond the pond

The National Hockey League (NHL) has integrated its motto for inclusivity called Hockey is for Everyone. This imitative use of the NHL’s influence worldwide to encourage inclusivity. It reads:

“We support any teammate, coach, or fan who brings heart, energy, and passion to the rink. We believe all hockey programs – from professionals to youth organizations – should provide a safe, positive, and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.”

Get out and play!

No matter who you are or your experience on the ice, get out in your community and join and get involved in pond hockey!


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