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Hockey players take to the ice despite bitter cold

Posted: 7:20 PM, Apr 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-16 20:20:24-04

It's the coldest weekend in February, deep in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, but the thousands of people gathered on the ice couldn't care less.

This is the U.S.A. Pond Hockey National Championships in Eagle River, a tournament that draws hockey players from across the country.

In the 14th year of the tournament, temperatures dipped as low as minus 30 without wind chill, that's cold enough to crack the ice - literally! Still, the play continues.

Layers, and shall we say the secret sauce, can only do so much. the real reason players brave these temperatures is because, well, that's just what Wisconsin does.

Mother Nature hits hard, but Wisconsinites hit even harder.