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Pond Hockey tournament set for West Salem

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West Salem, WISCONSIN (WXOW)  West Salem senior Luke Langreck is going back to ice hockey's roots when it comes to his senior exit project.

Langreck decided to start his own pond hockey tournament on Lake Neshonoc.

Thus, the inaugural Lake Neshonoc Pond Hockey Tournament was born.

Langreck and his crew of volunteers have been working feverishly this week making three rinks for this weekends event.

Pond hockey features a 4 on 4 format with no goalies and no boards.

The goals are far shorter as well.

It's ice hockey at it's simplest.

Langreck was inspired to create his own tournament after seeing a feature story during the Stanley Cup Finals two years ago.

"I've been working on this since this summer. That's when it started getting everything arranged. I had to go talk to the village. They sent us to La Crosse County. We had to get permission. I'm hoping this becomes tradition. The one in Eagle River has over 120 teams. I don't think we're going to get that big but if we did that would be amazing," Langreck said Thursday during preparation.

The action starts Friday night under the lights with kids 8 and under competing.

Then the adults teams go at it all day Saturday on three different rinks.

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