Boys Hockey Tourney Expected to Generate Millions of Dollars

Updated: 03/07/2013 7:30 AM KSTP.com By: Nick Winkler

The Minnesota State High School League boys hockey tournament kicked off Wednesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul.

Champions will not be crowned until Saturday. But between now and then area businesses are expecting a hockey business boom.

The tournament is happening after the NHL lockout cost the city approximately $1 million per game day.

Adam Johnson at Visit Saint Paul says tournament attendees are expected to spend about $80 each. When multiplied by an expected attendance of more than 120,000 people it equals an approximately $9.8 million economic boost.

The Class AA tournament games start Thursday. More people are expected to attend those games.