Frozen lake allows Freezers to train outside

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Mar 5, 2010
HAMBURG, Germany: Sub-zero temperatures across Germany allowed professional ice hockey team the Hamburg Freezers to hold their first training session on the frozen Alster river in the city centre on Wednesday.

Arctic-like conditions have caused havoc across Germany with temperatures dipping below minus 20 amid reports of grave-diggers using pneumatic drills to break rock-hard ground and even penguins hiding indoors at a west German zoo.

With the ice on the Alster between 15 and 22cms thick, the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) team held an hour-long training session under blue skies on the enormous Outer Alster lake in the city centre.

Since Tuesday, officials have declared the Alster safe to walk on for the general public.

A crowd of around 100 turned up to watch the squad go through their paces on a hastily arranged ice hockey rink as the Freezers quit their usual training hall to take to the great outdoors.

For the first time in 15 years, Hamburg residents are holding a festival on the frozen lake this weekend and the Freezers are hoping to duplicate the training session to promote the team, who are mid-table in the DEL. (AFP)