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The Return of the Robin takes over Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Return of the Robin hockey tournament began in 1981 with a couple of "old timers" as their website says.  Now the hockey celebration features 19 divisions and 80 teams all hoping to play the game until they no longer can.

"Age is just a number.  I'm hoping to play until at least 50," said Brett Crowe who came down from South St. Paul to play.

While these stars admit they are no longer in high school.

"You remember being a lot better and quicker than you were.  You come out here and you are just a hair slower, a hair behind, and it's tough to keep it going," said player Tyler Domaas.

The camaraderie remains the same.

"No, just crap.  No encouragement.  We don't want anyone else doing better than me," said Crowe while laughing. 

It's a chance to relive glory at this multi-division weekend hockey tournament.

"We have won this division the last three years.  It's just a trophy and bragging rights," said Crowe.

It's worth it just for a chance to raise a trophy one more time.

"You know you go back to the locker room, play "We are the champions," said Domaas,  "It's just kind of that good old fashioned, feel good, brag about it, go home and talk about how you were the champions."

The Robin has returned and the passion is all that matters.
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