An unofficial game of hockey played on either an outdoor man-made rink or a frozen body of natural water such as a pond or lake. Pond hockey differs from an official game of hockey in the sense that it is much more free-flowing with few game stoppages. Rules and style of play differ on many scales from regional differences to simple pre-game rule setting. Rules such as off-side and icing are often thrown out. The most unique aspect, however, is pond hockey is possible without the employment of a goaltender. Many alternate scoring methods are used instead such as hitting posts and the crossbar to score goals. Also called "shinny" in some areas.
Gather the lads and let's go play pond hockey!
by Arnie on Ice March 16, 2008