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Illinois new breeding ground for NHL prospects

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Illinois new breeding ground for NHL prospects


As long as Brady Skjei can remember, he wanted to be a Minnesota Gopher. His grandfather Stan Skjei and relative Brett Sadek both played football at the University of Minnesota and like many other players born in the self-proclaimed State of Hockey, Skjei went to many games at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis hoping to one day be on the other side of the Plexiglas representing the school as a student-athlete.



“It’s awesome, actually,” the sophomore defenseman said with a wide smile on his face when asked what it’s like to don the maroon and gold. “As a kid, I was on the glass asking for pucks and now I’m the one that’s on the ice, so I try and give a puck to all these young kids every once in a while and know that their dream is probably to play here one day.… read more



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