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On the hunt for hockey

No matter where you are in the Upper Midwest, you’re never too far from a hockey team ... from the youth to the pros.


Maybe you’re heading to visit family in Wisconsin. Maybe you’re on a business trip to Iowa. Maybe you’re looking for a road trip to northern or southern Minnesota. Or maybe you’re just in need of a hockey fix. Whatever the case may be, you’re never too far from a hockey team in the five-state Upper Midwest.

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A Madison Capitol reflects on Bob Suter


By Sam Blaisdell

I am one of the many fortunate hockey players who have been touched by Bob Suter. My experience with Bob, albeit short, was certainly a memorable one. When I was a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to play for the Madison Capitols, an independent AAA program under the direction of Bob. Although the coach for my particular age group was Bob’s brother, Gary, Bob was always around providing guidance, expertise and his special brand of humor.

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I’ll take the smaller guys


So would Isaac Newton, because he understood physics


By Jack Blatherwick
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Lets look at some facts, not myths: Smaller players are NOT at a disadvantage in hockey except at three times in their lives:  1) That one time when they carry the puck with their head down; 2) When they are a PeeWee or Bantam and their peers have the advantage of physiological-sociological maturity;  and 3) When scouts (college and NHL) make preliminary decisions as they walk in the arena, pick up the roster and put an asterisk by the names of the biggest players before the game even starts. 

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“It’s all about the kids!”


By Tom Sagissor

I'm honored to have the opportunity to celebrate the life of my mentor, role model and idol, Bob Suter. It was soon after meeting “Gold Medal Bob” (as he is so affectionately nicknamed) 27 years ago that I realized that to know Bob was to love Bob. The legacy that he leaves is strong, deep and wide. Marlowe and Dodie, you created a treasure of a human being!

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