By Cliff Harrington
INDIAN TRAIL Young hockey players from all over the U.S. are in Charlotte's eastern suburbs today preparing to compete in the 2009 USA Hockey championships.
The tournament is being held at Indian Trail's Extreme Ice Center in western Union County, where 450 athletes ages 11 and 12 will compete.
Maureen Mulhall, director of Extreme Ice, said teams are here from Alaska, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Participants are staying in hotels all over southern Mecklenburg and western Union counties. The tournament starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $35 for the week or $15 per day. Twelve games will be played each day. Play starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 704-882-1830 or go to www.xicenter.com.