This time last year, temperatures were 20 to 30 below zero, but they didn't keep hockey fans away from the Mad City Pond Championships.
The Mad City Pond Hockey Championships returned to Vilas Park Lagoon this weekend.
Organizers have prepared for months to make sure the groundwork was set by this weekend. They put the finishing touches on the nine rinks on Friday, setting up 3-foot nets and getting their homemade Zambonis ready.
"For one weekend out of the year we want to bring the whole hockey community down here and get together and have a blast," organizer Brad Mastenbrook said.
Mastenbrook, who coached hockey in the area for nearly 20 years, said the event showcases Madison's lakes and reminds hockey fans of more carefree days.
"Like it was when you were out on the ice ?til late at night and your mom told you had to be home at 10 o'clock and you're playing under the light. So it's a blast out here," Mastenbrook said.