Pond Hockey in Nashville, Tennessee

February 06, 2019

Seth Baylis

January 2018:

It started as a usual winter break for me. I finished exams and headed home from college to spend time with family. Every year I always saw everyone else's pictures skating on their frozen ponds and every year I felt so jealous and left out. Being from the South, this was something I had yet to experience. To my surprise (and luck) the weather in Nashville was giving record lows for the week and the high was well below freezing. I took my skates and stick and started checking local ponds to see how frozen they were. I found one with some ice in the shade under the trees and and ice held up my weight with ease. I never expected to skate on a frozen pond in Nashville, Tennessee, but that is exactly where I experienced hockey in its purest form.