Northern Exposure Hockey Tourney Draws Thousands

By KBJR News 1

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 6:24 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A hockey tournament this weekend is expected to draw about 3,000 people to the Northland.

The 7th annual Northern Exposure Hockey tournament is underway.

The three day tourney includes 55 hockey teams from across the country, with some coming from as far as Arizona to compete.

Games are being played at six arenas in Duluth and Superior and players range in age from 11 to18.

Tournament organizers say this weekend is expected to pump about $750,000 into the Duluth-Superior economy.

"A lot of them come the week before, stay the week after," Kasey Yoder, the tournament director said. "I know they do anything from charter fishing, some of the teams tour the ships and they certainly eat out for the majority of the meals, so the restaurants see that."

This year the hockey tournament is using online electronic scoring rather than paper scoring.

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