Pond Hockey Hits The Streets

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM EDT

By WKBW News

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Erie Basin Marina is far from being frozen over. Now the question remains, will the Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament go on?

Organizers say they have a plan.

"Mother Nature you are great but we really, really want to skate. Twelve inches of ice is all we need and to get this done. I'm willing to plead," Brett Carlsen with Labatt Blue said.

Although organizers are doing a little begging for ice to form on the lake, Labatt Blue employees are not relying totally on Mother Nature any longer.

"Plan B is to play a street hockey tournament at the Erie Basin Marina. The dates will stay the same, the time will stay the same, and the location will stay the same... except we will be in the parking lots and not on the frozen Marina," Carlsen said.

All 144 teams that signed up to play pond hockey will automatically be registered for street hockey.

Because many players may be disappointed about the change, Labatt is giving a little something back.

"To get back at Mother Nature, we are still having the tournament and we will give the full $250 deposit for the teams that participates," Carlsen said.

Organizers encourage players to wear the same protective gear with a mandatory helmet.

Instead of skates, sneakers or good street shoes are a must.

Although plan "B" is in place, there still might be a chance for some chillier weather.

"You might ask what if the weather does turn and we get twelve inches of ice on the water? Should that be the case, we will do our best to put this tournament back on the ice," Carlsen said

Again, every team is automatically registered for street hockey but Labatt would like a confirmation that the team will still participate by this Monday, January 23rd at ed@labattbluepondhockey.com.