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PHOTOS: Stories by the fire at the Black Ice Pond Hockey tournament in Concord

  • Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Tom Wright and Justin Wheeler watch some of the action on the ice while tending to the bonfire. The two men work with the Concord Parks and Recreation Department. Wright is usually the one to build the fire but had knee surgery this month so his duties were limited to stoking the logs with a charred hockey stick. "I learned that being keeper of the fire is the best job," said Wheeler, who took over Wright's responsibilities for this year. <br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Tom Wright and Justin Wheeler watch some of the action on the ice while tending to the bonfire. The two men work with the Concord Parks and Recreation Department. Wright is usually the one to build the fire but had knee surgery this month so his duties were limited to stoking the logs with a charred hockey stick. "I learned that being keeper of the fire is the best job," said Wheeler, who took over Wright's responsibilities for this year.

    Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Susan Therriault and her son Noah, 6, have traveled from Massachusetts every year to watch her husband play with the IBEW 2320 team. The family spends the weekend watching hockey and skating through the day. <br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Susan Therriault and her son Noah, 6, have traveled from Massachusetts every year to watch her husband play with the IBEW 2320 team. The family spends the weekend watching hockey and skating through the day.

    Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • "Every day is a celebration," said Barbara Morris, left. "Why should the cold keep you away?" After digging out her father's Russian hat from a box to prepare for the weather, Morris came out with Colin Wilkins to watch a work colleague play in the game.<br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    "Every day is a celebration," said Barbara Morris, left. "Why should the cold keep you away?" After digging out her father's Russian hat from a box to prepare for the weather, Morris came out with Colin Wilkins to watch a work colleague play in the game.

    Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Dawson Fancher, 6, warms up by the fire before heading out to try and get some time on the ice. Fancher played in Friday's exhibition games with the Concord Capital DynoMite youth hockey team. <br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Dawson Fancher, 6, warms up by the fire before heading out to try and get some time on the ice. Fancher played in Friday's exhibition games with the Concord Capital DynoMite youth hockey team.

    Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013.
    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Patti and Donald Prolux have three sons that come back to Concord every year to play in the Black Ice Hockey Tournament with Concord High School alumni teams. The Proluxs cheer from the sidelines and occasionally from near the bonfire. <br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Patti and Donald Prolux have three sons that come back to Concord every year to play in the Black Ice Hockey Tournament with Concord High School alumni teams. The Proluxs cheer from the sidelines and occasionally from near the bonfire.

    Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Cathy Slack, left, wanted to show her daughter Allura Spinelli, 9, center, where she learned how to ski and skate for the first time. Slack grew up just around the corner from the park and went to Concord high school but now lives in Bradford. This was Allura's first time at the tournament and she brought her friend Corrinne Croto, 9, right. <br/><br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Cathy Slack, left, wanted to show her daughter Allura Spinelli, 9, center, where she learned how to ski and skate for the first time. Slack grew up just around the corner from the park and went to Concord high school but now lives in Bradford. This was Allura's first time at the tournament and she brought her friend Corrinne Croto, 9, right.


    Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013.


    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Tom Wright and Justin Wheeler watch some of the action on the ice while tending to the bonfire. The two men work with the Concord Parks and Recreation Department. Wright is usually the one to build the fire but had knee surgery this month so his duties were limited to stoking the logs with a charred hockey stick. "I learned that being keeper of the fire is the best job," said Wheeler, who took over Wright's responsibilities for this year. <br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Susan Therriault and her son Noah, 6, have traveled from Massachusetts every year to watch her husband play with the IBEW 2320 team. The family spends the weekend watching hockey and skating through the day. <br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • "Every day is a celebration," said Barbara Morris, left. "Why should the cold keep you away?" After digging out her father's Russian hat from a box to prepare for the weather, Morris came out with Colin Wilkins to watch a work colleague play in the game.<br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Dawson Fancher, 6, warms up by the fire before heading out to try and get some time on the ice. Fancher played in Friday's exhibition games with the Concord Capital DynoMite youth hockey team. <br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Patti and Donald Prolux have three sons that come back to Concord every year to play in the Black Ice Hockey Tournament with Concord High School alumni teams. The Proluxs cheer from the sidelines and occasionally from near the bonfire. <br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Cathy Slack, left, wanted to show her daughter Allura Spinelli, 9, center, where she learned how to ski and skate for the first time. Slack grew up just around the corner from the park and went to Concord high school but now lives in Bradford. This was Allura's first time at the tournament and she brought her friend Corrinne Croto, 9, right. <br/><br/><br/>Stories by the fire on the second day of the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament, January 26, 2013. <br/><br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

T his year’s 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship came at the end of an exceptionally cold week at Concord. The bonfire lit in the late afternoon became a place to warm up and catch up.

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