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Iced by pandemic, Middleton High School hockey players build rinks to share with community

By Pamela Cotant, Wisconsin State Journal, 01/12/21, 8:30AM CST


Faced with no high school hockey season, Middleton players found another way to skate and give community members an outlet during the pandemic.

When the Middleton High School hockey season was canceled because of COVID-19, team members decided to raise funds to build their own rink at Penni Klein Park at 8780 Airport Road on the edge of town. The members, who are playing on a club team through the Middleton Youth Hockey Association, figured it would be a way to practice and play themselves while having fun and building teamwork and camaraderie.

As the idea evolved, the players realized they could share it with the community so more people could enjoy the ice.

“Driving by there and seeing 50 people and a bunch of little kids, it’s a good feeling,” said team captain and center Spencer Kalscheur, a senior. “It was totally worth it.”

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