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In Minnesota we know that we're never more than a stone's throw away from an excellent hockey tournament. But if you want the best of the best, this weekend you're in luck. New Hope Ice Arena and the Upper Midwest Elite League are hosting the Elite League International Tournament, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2. With an alumni list of Ryan McDonagh, Nick Leddy and Jake Gardiner -- just to name a few -- you won't be disappointed.
Here are the top 10 reasons to go check it out:
1. Because it's hockey season in Minnesota and who doesn't want to enjoy a weekend at the rink?
2. Give your stomach a break from the Halloween candy and watch some of the fastest skating and quickest stickhandling skills anywhere -- it's the next best thing to an actual workout.
3. See how Minnesota players compare against some of the best in the world, including the Czech National U17 team.
4. Witness one of the largest collections of NHL scouts in North America...and harass them to place your kid on the NHL's Central Scouting list.
5. Rub elbows with a bevy of NCAA Division I coaches (and be sure to wear the colors of your favorite NCAA team).
6. See games played in the original filming location of Disney's "The Mighty Ducks," New Hope Ice Arena -- Quack, Quack, Quack.
7. Watch prep school powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary's compete in their 12th consecutive Elite League International Tournament and try to guess who the next Sidney Crosby or Zach Parise is on their roster.
8. Want to see the next big college star? The Elite League has produces countless numbers of Division I studs, including Minnesota Gopher captain Kyle Rau.
9. Show Team Massachusetts a real accent by dropping plenty of "You Betchyas" and "Uffdas."
10. Once these players go on to college and the NHL, you can tell your kids you remember watching them at the Elite League International Tournament in New Hope back in the day.
Find our more about the Elite League International Tournament here.
Photo by Loren Nelson