USA Hockey tournament coming to Plymouth
The pucks will be flying at the Plymouth Ice Center in March of 2018 as the city hosts the USA Hockey National High School Tournament.

The four-day tournament will feature the creme de la creme of prep hockey featuring 32 teams from across the country.

"The hockey is very good," said Greg Gibson, president of the Wayzata Youth Hockey Association. "I would encourage people to come out and give it a view, see the tournament."

Getting the tournament is a coup for Plymouth. It will provide an economic boom for hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the city.

"They're going to need hotel rooms," said Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik said. "They're going to be looking for entertainmen,t for restaurants, They're going to be buying equipment and staying in the community and really adding to the vibrancy of it."

Between 800 and 900 hotel rooms will be full, which gives Plymouth a chance to expose the city's brand.

"It puts our hockey schools on the map," Gibson said. "It puts the city of Plymouth on the map. It puts the Plymouth Ice Center on the map."

"It's really a chance I think to showcase all that we have to offer in Plymouth," Slavik said. "I am really excited that people from all over the country will be here to see what we have."

With this major hockey event on the horizon, the ice center will undergo some changes - such as roof repair and replacing the freon system with ammonia. The city also wants to shrink the rink.

"One of the big improvements that really the hockey teams want to see is to take this Olympic-sized rink down to a professional-sized rink," Slavik said.

Eric Nelson, reporting



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