Andrew Vitalis

Skating like a Warrior

The Minnesota Warriors program is using hockey to help military veterans reintegrate back into civilian life


By Andrew Vitalis

Sometimes, something just fits. Sometimes, the stars align; the idea simply makes sense. Sometimes, momentum builds like a snowball even though you may start with a speck of snow. To be fair, momentum might be an understatement when trying to sum up the movement behind Minnesota Warriors Hockey

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Making it look easy

Lakeshore Lightning goaltender Erin Connolly wraps up a stellar high school career


By Andrew Vitalis

It seemed like even from the beginning, every time Erin Connolly put on her skates good things happened. Brian Connolly, Erin’s father, remembers his daughter roaming the net at an early age with an edge of confidence well beyond her years.

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Making hay

The Hayward Hurricanes captured their second Wisconsin state girls’ hockey title in the last four years


By Andrew Vitalis

Speechless might be a word to use when discussing the Hayward’ co-op girls hockey program. Dominating may be another. Whatever term one uses, it all fits. The Hurricanes have shown their power in the past, and last weekend at the Wisconsin state girls’ hockey tournament, they did it again by blowing away their competition, skating to their second state title in the last four years. Hayward did so by beating the University School of Milwaukee Wildcats – the very team that beat the Hurricanes in last year’s state title tilt.

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One goal short

Hudson fell 2-1 to Appleton United in the Wisconsin boys’ state title game, but the Raiders’ future looks bright


By Andrew Vitalis

When it comes to winning a championship, often times you look at the final sentence instead of the complete novel. Hudson High School head boys’ hockey coach Brooks Lockwood knows exactly what that means.

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The Klein Line

The Klein family of St. Croix Falls, Wis., features three hockey-playing sisters for the Western Wisconsin Stars


By Andrew Vitalis

If you watched a Western Wisconsin Stars girls’ hockey game this season, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. The last name “Klein” appeared early and often. The Stars were blessed with three players – all sisters – by the last name of Klein. Prior to skating into the section playoffs, the Klein family shared their thoughts on hockey, memories made on and off the ice and what it’s like to be a part of what they call “the golden year.”

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