Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The 2014 Northern Exposure hockey tournament started on Friday morning at six arenas throughout the Northland, with 66 teams taking part this year and hailing from as far away as Arizona and California.
The tournament, which is in its ninth year, provides a unique experience for teams to play against teams from other states and also for visiting players to be seen by next-level scouts in the area.
"You never know who's watching the games," tournament director Kasey Yoder said. "We've had some kids get seen by -- we've had some college coaches' kids that'll play in the tournament, or maybe a scout's up in town fishing or cabin or whatever, and he pops in and watches a game."
The tournament is expected to bring more than $750,000 to the area economy and will run through the weekend.