St. Paul businesses could see a nice spike in sales this weekend during the state boys high school hockey tournament. It's a welcome sight after the National Hockey League lockout cost the city roughly $1 million for each cancelled game.
A tourism official with Visit Saint Paul told KSTP the average high school hockey fan spends about $80 each. Multiplied by the 120,000 people expected to attend the event, that equals an economic boost of nearly $10 million.
The Class AA tournament games start Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Champions will be crowned on Saturday.