It might be freezing outside, but things are heating up on the ice this weekend in Chippewa Falls. That's because the Thunderstruck Hockey Tournament is back for another year.
This year, the tournament brought together 10 girls youth teams from across the Midwest. Organizers of the Chippewa Youth Hockey Association say it is important to emphasize their girls tournament, in an otherwise male-dominated sport.
These tournaments are then opportunities for female skaters to show off their strength and skills on the ice.
"I think it is important to have these kind of tournaments, to grow the association, grow the girls teams themselves," said Tiffany Buonincontro of the Chippewa Youth Hockey Association. "I have a daughter that plays 14U and I've seen multiple kids grow up and play high school girl's hockey. So, I think overall it's a good program."
The tournament started 10 years ago. However, organizers say that each year, the number of players on the ice and fans in the crowd have dropped. To combat this, the Chippewa Youth Hockey Association and Menomonie Youth Hockey have collaborated with teams in Altoona, Eau Claire and Fall Creek.
If you didn't have a chance to make it to the tournament Saturday, don't worry. The action kicks off again at 8 a.m. on Sunday.