Inlet, NY (WIBX) - While most people prefer to stay indoors during the winter months, a growing group are stepping out onto the ice of Inlet's Fourth Lake to play some pond hockey.

Jim O'Brien IV created the Adirondack Ice Bowl in 2009, when he and a few friends played some games after finishing carpentry work at his grandparent's.

Three years later the Ice Bowl has made a name for itself at the Wood's Inn, building up its open tournament and introducing an over-40 group.

"We're sold out at 40 teams," O'Brien said. "We did that in about two weeks. We opened it November 1st and pretty much filled up fairly quickly, and now we currently have a waiting list."

From January 27th through the 29th, forty teams will compete on four rinks. The winners earn a wooden bear trophy along with one year worth of bragging rights.

And after each day's games are done, the bands "Box Set," on Friday, and "Showtime," on Saturday, will entertain players and fans under the party tent.

The Ice Bowl is open to the public throughout the weekend. Just remember to bundle up.

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