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Published February 25, 2011, 10:59 AM

2,000 squirt hockey players descend on Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — More than 2,000 youth hockey players are in the Fargo area for the weekend Fargo Flyers Squirt International Hockey Tournament.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — More than 2,000 youth hockey players are in the Fargo area for the weekend Fargo Flyers Squirt International Hockey Tournament.

The event is in its 27th year. The Forum newspaper reports that teams this year are coming from as far as California and North Carolina. The players are primarily 9 and 10 years old.

Tournament Director Al Hintz says 152 teams applied, and 24 had to be turned away. For the second straight year, some games are being played about 45 miles away in Detroit Lakes, Minn., because of the large field.

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