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Published February 24, 2012, 06:56 PM

Squirt International Hockey Tournament invades Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Hockey players and their families have invaded the FM Area. The Squirt International Tournament has brought the masses into town.

Hockey players and their families have invaded the FM Area. The Squirt International Tournament has brought the masses into town.

With all of the people in town you might be wondering where they are going to be sleeping...

Jon Wilkey – Assistant General Manager, Ramada: “Around January-February we get a lot of the hockey teams that come in and they do take up a good chunk of the weekend.”

Jon Wilkey, Assistant General Manager of the Ramada in Fargo says he has 6 hockey teams and one basketball team staying over the weekend.

Jon Wilkey: “On average a hockey team takes up about 15 rooms, so they do take up a good chunk of our hotel rooms.”

So if you put in into numbers, out of the 185 rooms, 105 are booked for just players. If you add their families it may be safe to say the whole hotel is filled with hockey pride.

Jon Wilkey: “For this weekend we are booked solid.”

Another business buzzing with rink rats is the hockey section of Scheel's.

Jeff Aikens – Hockey Department Manager: “We just expect a lot of kids, with all of the teams, there are kids from all over the country. We've got people coming in from Arizona, Carolina. We got some Canadians coming down, so there are people from all over.”

Hockey manager Jeff Aikens says the thing flying fastest off the shelves are these mini nets and shrunken sticks.

Jeff Aikens: “Almost every kid wants to come look at the hockey stuff if they are players, so even if they are not buying anything it still gets busy over here yes.”

By far the busiest sections of Scheel's is going to be right here in the skate shop where they are offering free blade sharpening.

Jeff Aikens: “We offer free skate sharpening of course for all of the players, so I’m sure they are busy down there all day long today and tomorrow.”

On a typical weekend these guys sharpen maybe 200 pairs of skates and this weekend that number is sure to be closer to 1000. If you’re thinking of how many people we will be sharing our city with this weekend here is another number for you. We have nearly 4,500 hotel rooms in Fargo and mostly all of those rooms are booked solid.

Wilkey says some people are staying through Monday since the forecasted storm on Sunday.

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