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Black Ice hockey tournament begins this weekend

The third annual 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey tournament will begin tomorrow. This week’s frigid temperatures froze the pond at Concord’s White Park, organizer Chris Brown said.

“Yes, it’s going to be plenty cold enough for us,” Brown said. “We’ll go from one extreme of last year, of tropical 60 degrees, to frigid teens and 20s. But I think we really needed the cold weather to get us to the point we are right now.”

Last year the tournament was postponed due to warm weather. But temperatures aren’t expected to rise above freezing during this year’s three-day tournament, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service.

“We should have over 10 inches of ice, which is a pretty good number to look at as far as safety,” Brown said.

Brown said 85 teams will compete in this year’s tournament. Games begin tomorrow morning, and the day will include a 7:15 p.m. fireworks display.

A concession tent will have heaters to shelter spectators from the cold, Brown said. Games will continue Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the tournament, visit blackicepondhockey.com.

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