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Pond Hockey event adds skills challenge

By staff reports, 10/07/10, 2:15PM CDT

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Some of state's top high school players expected to showcase their abilities

A skills challenge expected to attract some of the state’s top high school boys hockey players is among the new events planned for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships set for Jan. 21-23 on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis.

The inclusion of high school-age players in a skills event follows the Wednesday, Oct. 6, announcement that TST Media, a Minneapolis-based leader in web solutions for sports organizations, events and businesses, has acquired the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships from Fred Haberman and Haberman Inc.

“This is a great day for everyone at TST Media,” said Justin Kaufenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of TST Media who played hockey at Shakopee High School. “We are excited to work with Fred to expand this legendary tournament while preserving the authenticity of the event he created.”

"As a company, hockey runs in our blood," added Carson Kipfer, TST Media COO and Co-Founder. "We got our start in hockey and have become entrenched in the local and national hockey community, so this event aligns perfectly with our passion as well as our core competencies. To say we're 'pumped' is a vast understatement."

TST Media manages the Minnesota Hockey Hub (www.mnhockeyhub.com) in partnership with the Minnesota High school Hockey Coaches Association.

The USPHC (www.uspondhockey.com) is a three-day, four-on-four hockey competition that has attracted men and women hailing from 37 states, Canada and the United Kingdom. Weekend warriors annually test their skating prowess against Golden Gopher and NHL legends at America’s original and largest outdoor pond hockey tournament.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Justin, Carson and the rest of TST Media,” said Fred Haberman, president of Haberman, Inc., a brand public relations firm. “They are hockey nuts that will be stewards of this tradition and I get to continue what I love which is being an ambassador to this tournament and the purity of pond hockey.”

Haberman, Inc. will continue its promotional work with the tournament, and Fred Haberman will continue to be a spokesperson and ambassador for the event.

“We have a number of ideas and events that we will bring to this year’s tournament,” said Kaufenberg. “January can not get here fast enough!”