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Photos: In Duluth, youth league hockey is an outdoor-only sport

Wyatt Zappa, a mite two for the Portman Hockey Club, waits around during a break in action last Friday during the Glen Avon jamboree. Mites are 8-and-under players. 

Duluth has seven independent youth hockey organizations that play at their own volunteer-run neighborhood rinks. One big advantage is that outdoor hockey -- when parents maintain the rinks and the city pays for water and lights -- is largely free.