Mother Nature Not Cooperating For Pond Hockey Tournament

January 6, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 6, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Last year, the water at the Erie Basin Marina turned to ice well before the Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament got underway but this year is a bit different.

"There has been some talk about the weather or lack there of but I will tell you that we are still gung-ho. We are still 100 percent planning on holding this tournament," Labatt Blue Associate Brand Manager Brett Carlsen said.

Organizers of the tournament said they didn't think warm weather in January and February in Buffalo would be a problem but there are regulations for the thickness of the ice and the water is far from frozen over.

"If there is no ice for the hockey tournament we are looking at other alternatives but the event is still five weeks off," Carlsen said.

Although Brett Carlsen with Labatt Blue said there's time, it may not be enough to get the 12 inches of ice on the water that is needed for the 144 teams to play hockey safely in the Marina.

"We're meeting with city officials, county officials because we really want to put on and we'll do everything to make sure that we have a Fifth Annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey, street hockey, field hockey tournament. You name it, we're going to try to make it happen," Carlsen said.

Carlsen said everything is on the table so the location, date and type of hockey played could be changed because of this unusual weather. He also said that if the tournament is cancelled all the money would be refunded to the teams.

"We're crossing our fingers and hoping that one of those famous Buffalo cold snaps comes through," Carlsen said.