Hockey

The Puck Stops Here

The Plymouth Ice Center is one of the busiest ice arenas in the state and after a few recent upgrades, it’s ready to host one of the largest youth hockey tournaments in the country this month. The USA Hockey National High School Tournament, a five-day event, will showcase the skills of hockey teams from high schools across the U.S. For both local sports enthusiasts and the city of Plymouth as a whole, the tournament promises to be an exciting experience.

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Hustling Upward

Since his earliest days on skates at the age of 5, Plymouth resident Timo Pelto has displayed a knack for hockey. A scoring star through the mite, peewee, bantam and high school levels, Pelto took on his biggest challenge last winter when he left the Orono High School team mid-season to join the St. Croix Valley Magicians, a Junior A team playing in the United States Premier Hockey League. At the time he was only 16–and Minnesota's youngest Junior A player–joining a team and league dominated by 19-and 20-year olds.

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Wayzata’s Hockey Twins Ally and Ashley Wiitala

Twin sisters Ally and Ashley Wiitala have done their part to make Wayzata High School girls’ hockey coach Becky Wacker’s job easier this season. Because the senior forwards are both wearing their hair in braids, it will be easier to see the numbers on the back of their uniforms—sometimes the only way the coach can tell them apart.

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