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U.S. Olympic gold medal hockey player Phil Verchota of Bemidji was guest speaker at the opening ceremony of the annual Paul Bunyan Pee Wee International Hockey Tournament on Friday morning at the Sanford Center. Sixteen teams are competing at various rinks in town through Sunday. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Sixteen teams compete in Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament.

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By Justin Glawe

BEMIDJI – At three rinks across the city Friday, pee wee players and parents competed and cheered in drastically different environments.


But regardless of the location, the song remained the same.

“Head up!”

“Stick on the ice!”

And, simply, “Skate! Skate!”

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