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Swiss Pond Hockey Championship

Friday, january 22 2021 – Sunday, january 24 2021

The sharp impact of pucks hitting the ice, the slicing of the hockey skate blades cutting through the ice and the occasional shouts from the sports fans are the sounds of Silvaplana during these three days. Play it like in the good old days! The Swiss Pond Hockey Tournament in Silvaplana lets ice hockey enthusiasts celebrate the original version of their sport. From January 22nd until January 24th, 2021 over 60 teams meet up to compete on the frozen Lej Suot.

True to the slogan “back to roots”, the players chase the black puck wearing either jogging pants, jeans or ski clothing. Only hockey skates, gloves, ice hockey stick, a helmet as well as shin and elbow guards are allowed in pond hockey. All other equipment is forbidden.

From Canada to Silvaplana

The origins of pond hockey - the pond tournament - lies in Canada: the motherland of ice hockey. Ice hockey tournaments have been arranged here on frozen ponds for along time already. The combination between an event, fun and competition caught the attention of 4 friends from Zurich. They brought the pond hockey concept to Switzerland, found partners in the Engadin local Menduri Kaspar and the town of Silvaplana and were able to make this crazy idea happen. The first pond hockey championship took place on the frozen Lake Silvaplana in 2007.

As in the beginning

Four against four, without a goalie, body checks and high shots are not allowed. That’s how the purest form of ice hockey is played. As in the olden days, there is no referee on the ice however per game, there is one official monitor called the “Courmonitor” who makes sure that all rules are followed. Games will be composed of two 15-minute halves, hard work for the players without substitutions. This strenuous and yet wonderful and simple way of playing is how pond hockey is characterized.