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Youth hockey: Annual Bemidji Peewee tournament begins Dec. 28

BEMIDJI — The annual post-Christmas Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament hosted by the Bemidji Peewee hockey officials begins Dec. 28 and continues through Dec. 30.

The Saturday through Monday event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 28 with the opening ceremonies at the Sanford Center. The ceremonies will feature a bagpiper, the parade of teams and a welcome by tournament officials.

The tournament will feature 16 games on Saturday, 16 more on Sunday and eight championship and consolation championship games on Monday. Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will be held at the Bemidji Community Arena, Nymore Arena and City Arena rinks. Monday’s championship bracket games will be played at the Sanford Center while the consolation games will be held at the BCA.

Bemidji has been placed in the North Division pool along with Eagan, Champlin Park and Grand Forks Greyhounds. Bemidji will open its tournament 10 a.m. on Dec. 28 at Nymore against Eagan. At 4:30 p.m. that day Bemidji will tangle with Champlin, also at Nymore.

Bemidji will complete its pool play 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 29 against Grand Forks.

The South Division pool includes Bismarck, Andover, Hermantown and Calumet. In the East Division are Grand Forks Seawolves, St. Cloud, Virginia and Crookston while the West Division squads are Fargo, Rogers, Marquette and Brainerd.

Brainerd is the defending champion while Grand Forks took the 2011 title, St. Cloud the 2010 crown and Bemidji the 2009 championship.

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Pool Play Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 28

BCA: G.F.Seawolves vs. St. Cloud, 10 a.m.; Fargo vs. Rogers, 11:45 a.m.; Virginia vs. Crookston, 1:30 p.m.; Hermantown vs. Bismarck, 4:30 p.m.; Calumet vs. Andover, 6:15 p.m.; Marquette vs. Fargo, 8 p.m.

Nymore: Bemidji vs. Eagan, 10 a.m.; Champlin vs. G.F. Greyhounds, 11:45 a.m.; Marquette vs. Brainerd, 1:30 p.m.; Champlin vs. Bemidji, 4:30 p.m.; Virginia vs. G.F. Seawolves, 6:15 p.m.; Brainerd vs. Rogers, 8 p.m.

City: Bismarck vs. Andover, 10 a.m.; Hermantown vs. Calumet, 11:45 a.m.; G.F. Greyhounds vs. Eagan, 4:30 p.m.; Crookston vs. St. Cloud, 6:15 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29

BCA: Eagan vs. Champlin, 8 a.m.; Bemidji vs. G.F. Greyhounds, 9:45 a.m.; Fargo vs. Brainerd, 11:30 a.m.

Nymore: Andover vs. Hermantown, 8 a.m.; Rogers vs. Marquette 9:45 a.m.; G.F. Seawolves vs. Crookston, 11:30 a.m.

City: St. Cloud vs. Virginia, 8 a.m.; Bismarck vs. Calumet, 9:45 a.m.

Bracket Play

Sunday, Dec. 29

BCA: North 4 vs. South 4, 5 p.m.; East 3 vs. West 3, 6:45 p.m.; North 1 vs. South 1, 8:30 p.m.

Nymore: North 3 vs. South 3, 5 p.m.; North 2 vs. South 2, 6:45 p.m.; East 1 vs. West 1, 8:30 p.m.

City: East 4 vs. West 4, 5 p.m.; East 2 vs. West 2, 6:45 p.m.

Championship Games

Monday, Dec. 30

Sanford Center: Headwaters Bracket, 9 a.m.; Blue Ox Bracket, 10:45 a.m.; Lumberjack Bracket, 12:30 p.m.; Championship Bracket, 2:30 p.m.

Consolation Championship Games

Monday, Dec. 30

BCA: Headwaters Bracket, 9 a.m.; Blue Ox Bracket, 10:45 a.m.; Lumberjack Bracket, 12:30 p.m.; Championship Bracket, 2:30 p.m.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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