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Return of the Robin termed successful

The 24th annual Return of the Robin hockey tournament was another success, said organizer Norm Fitch.

Fitch said at least 400 players on 36 teams competed in the tournament, which was held on rinks in Kasson and Rochester last Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

"Several teams did a little picnicing in the parking lot on Saturday," said Fitch, talking of the pleasant weather.

The tournament is an no-checking event that has become a tradition in Rochester and draws players of all ages and varied backgrounds.

Fans could see former professional and college players all over the place.

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The oldest player on the ice was Glen Lillehome, a former player with the Rochester Senior Mustangs. He is 63 and played with the General Pump team from the Twin Cities, most of whom are 50 years or older. That team includes former Minnesota North Star Steve Younghans.

"They enjoyed themselves," said Fitch. "We moved them up two divisions and they complained about playing against younger guys. And they won it."

The tournament features seven levels of play. Winners were:

Open Division: Davies Printing of Rochester, which defeated Landon Trophy of Rochester in the championship.

Open Division (Select): Ice Clams defeated Ice Rams.

Franks Division (age30 and above): Hangar Bar of Rochester def. Willey G's of Rochester in championship.

Amundson Division: Winning Edge of Waterloo, Iowa.

Hudson Division: General Pump, from the Twin Cities.

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Walters Division: Baker Bearing, from Twin Cities.

Fossil Division: Hoffman-Strauss of Twin Cities.

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