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Hockey helped Packers' Van Ness develop into 1st-round pick

By STEVE MEGARGEE, Wis. State Journal, 05/07/23, 11:30AM CDT


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers hope first-round pick Lukas Van Ness terrorizes quarterbacks the same way he used to intimidate opponents on the hockey rink.

Van Ness gravitated to hockey as a child growing up in the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Illinois. Even after football became his primary sport, Van Ness continued playing hockey through his senior year of high school.

“Hockey was just a secondary love that I continued to play, again, just because I loved it and I loved the conditioning and the violence and the physicality of the sport,” Van Ness said Friday from the Packers' rookie minicamp.