ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Pond Hockey on Big Lake is quickly becoming one of the biggest annual traditions in the area. The Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic is only a few years old, but it's grown so quickly that the move away from Anchorage and out to Big Lake was made out of necessity.
The popular pond hockey tournament also happens to be the largest annual fundraiser for the Scotty Gomez Foundation. The first ever Alaskan-born NHL player started the organization as a way to give back to youth hockey programs in the community where he learned to play.
According to his father, Carlos Gomez, the foundation directly impacts anywhere from 150 to 180 kids per year. Gomez estimates that the foundation contributes around $60,000 to help families offset the growing costs of participating in youth hockey.
This year's pond hockey tournament saw a record-setting 114 team turnout at Burkeshore Marina. Groups came from as far away as Nashville to be a part of the event.