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The Insiders: Fun facts to get you ready for day 2 of the Black Ice Tournament

Rise and shine, readers, it’s day two of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament. You no doubt spend all of yesterday out there watching frostbite set in for the athletes taking part, and you can do the same this afternoon. But before we get into all the excitement you can enjoy out there today, we thought we’d present some little-known facts about the tournament to enhance your fan experience.

1. The ice that the games are played on is not actually black. We believe it is fuchsia with polka dots, but it also might be clear.

2. The pond the games are played on is full of snapping turtles and piranhas, which is the only reason the tournament is held in winter, when they hibernate and/or become frozen in place.

3. The tournament record for goals scored by a member of the Insider staff currently stands at 0. By once again failing to form a team, we’ve ensured that record won’t fall this year.

4. A prototype tiny Zamboni was believed to have been spotted on the ice prior to the tournament, but it turned out it was just a kid in a little red wagon.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can tell you that the games begin at 8 a.m. with a slate of eight games, one on each of the eight rinks. The final round of games begins at 6:44 p.m., with new contests about every 45 minutes between the day’s start and finish. There will also be several appearances by Concord Youth Hockey throughout the day.

Also tonight, check out Paul Hubert at Hermanos at 7:30, or stop by Uno Chicago Grill, where 20 percent of your bill will be donated to For the Love of Dogs: Rottweiler Rescue of New Hampshire.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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