Play begins on Thursday, March 31st, and the championship in Monday, April 4 (at Wings West). Forty-four teams with some 800 players are coming to Kalamazoo. The local hosts, the Kalamazoo Optimists Hockey Association have been running a program since 1965, but this is the first time they've bid host a tournament this big.
The Kalamazoo Wings have a new parent club, the Columbus Blue Jackets (of the NHL) and more directly, the Cleveland Monsters (of the AHL). Here's some trivia, the Monsters are owned by Detroit billionaire Dan Gilbert.