66 girls hockey teams in town for Icebreaker tournament

By KBJR News 1

January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Girls from across the Midwest and Canada are in Duluth for the 15 annual youth girls Icebreaker hockey tournament.

More than 1,000 girls from 66 teams are taking up nine ice rinks across the Northland.

The tournament is expected to draw more than 4,000 fans creating and estimated $500,000 in revenue for area businesses and hotels.

Teams and spectators have filled more than 1,000 hotel rooms in the Duluth area.

Due to other hockey games this weekend, the girls have to share the ice space.

"With UMD men, women, St. Scholastica and the Yellow jackets all in town they are all playing and taking up ice, its theirs to take up but that limits what we have available to us," said Joel Braun, a board member on the Girls Hockey Association.

The hockey tournament is sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital and is free to the public.

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