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Building a prep hockey dynasty in South St. Paul

August 24, 2019


WASHINGTON’S WASHINGTON’S GAME WASHINGTON’S GAME AND TJ TJ OCEAN TJ OCEAN GETS TJ OCEAN GETS IN TJ OCEAN GETS IN THE TJ OCEAN GETS IN THE SCORING TJ OCEAN GETS IN THE SCORING
COLUMN. COLUMN. 499 CAREER CAREER WINS CAREER WINS IN CAREER WINS IN THE CAREER WINS IN THE SPORT CAREER WINS IN THE SPORT OF CAREER WINS IN THE SPORT OF
GIRLS HOCKEY. HOCKEY.
IT’S TERRITORY TERRITORY AS TERRITORY AS A TERRITORY AS A SOUTH ST. ST. PAUL ST. PAUL PACKERS SIT SIT ON SIT ON THE SIT ON THE CUSP SIT ON THE CUSP OF SIT ON THE CUSP OF YET SIT ON THE CUSP OF YET ANOTHER SIT ON THE CUSP OF YET ANOTHER
MILESTONE. MILESTONE. BACK BACK IN BACK IN 1994 BACK IN 1994 MINNESOTA BACK IN 1994 MINNESOTA BECAME BACK IN 1994 MINNESOTA BECAME
THE BACK IN 1994 MINNESOTA BECAME
THE FIRST BACK IN 1994 MINNESOTA BECAME
THE FIRST STATE BACK IN 1994 MINNESOTA BECAME
THE FIRST STATE TO BACK IN 1994 MINNESOTA BECAME
THE FIRST STATE TO SANCTION THE FIRST STATE TO SANCTION THE FIRST STATE TO SANCTION
GIRLS THE FIRST STATE TO SANCTION
GIRLS HIGH THE FIRST STATE TO SANCTION
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL THE FIRST STATE TO SANCTION
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY. GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY. GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY.
SINCE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY.
SINCE THEN GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY.
SINCE THEN NO GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY.
SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY.
SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM HAS GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY.
SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM HAS ONE SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM HAS ONE SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM HAS ONE
MORE SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM HAS ONE
MORE THAN SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM HAS ONE
MORE THAN SOUTH SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM HAS ONE
MORE THAN SOUTH ST. SINCE THEN NO PROGRAM HAS ONE
MORE THAN SOUTH ST. PAUL. MORE THAN SOUTH ST. PAUL. MORE THAN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
>>MORE THAN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
>>YOU MORE THAN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
>>YOU CAN’T MORE THAN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
>>YOU CAN’T WIN MORE THAN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
>>YOU CAN’T WIN WITHOUT MORE THAN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
>>YOU CAN’T WIN WITHOUT GREAT>>YOU CAN’T WIN WITHOUT GREAT — — GREAT KIDS KIDS AND KIDS AND I KIDS AND I BEEN KIDS AND I BEEN BLESSED GREAT GREAT KIDS GREAT KIDS PICK GREAT KIDS PICK THE GREAT KIDS PICK THE FACT GREAT KIDS PICK THE FACT THAT GREAT KIDS PICK THE FACT THAT
WE’VE GREAT KIDS PICK THE FACT THAT
WE’VE BEEN GREAT KIDS PICK THE FACT THAT
WE’VE BEEN AROUND A A LONG A LONG TIME, A LONG TIME, WE A LONG TIME, WE LEVEL A LONG TIME, WE LEVEL WE A LONG TIME, WE LEVEL WE DO. A LONG TIME, WE LEVEL WE DO.
WE A LONG TIME, WE LEVEL WE DO.
WE HAVE A LONG TIME, WE LEVEL WE DO.
WE HAVE TO A LONG TIME, WE LEVEL WE DO.
WE HAVE TO GET A LONG TIME, WE LEVEL WE DO.
WE HAVE TO GET GOING>>>>>>THE>>>THE PACKERS>>>THE PACKERS HAD>>>THE PACKERS HAD COACH>>>THE PACKERS HAD COACH HAS BEEN BEEN HER BEEN HER SINCE BEEN HER SINCE THE BEEN HER SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OF THE OF THE PROGRAM. OF THE PROGRAM.
HE OF THE PROGRAM.
HE HAS OF THE PROGRAM.
HE HAS BUILT OF THE PROGRAM.
HE HAS BUILT A OF THE PROGRAM.
HE HAS BUILT A PERENNIAL HE HAS BUILT A PERENNIAL HE HAS BUILT A PERENNIAL
POWERHOUSE HE HAS BUILT A PERENNIAL
POWERHOUSE AND HE HAS BUILT A PERENNIAL
POWERHOUSE AND BROUGHT HE HAS BUILT A PERENNIAL
POWERHOUSE AND BROUGHT HIM SEVERAL SEVERAL STATE SEVERAL STATE TITLES SEVERAL STATE TITLES IN PROCESS. PROCESS.
RICK PROCESS.
RICK WE PROCESS.
RICK WE KNOW PROCESS.
RICK WE KNOW FROM PROCESS.
RICK WE KNOW FROM A YOUNG YOUNG AGE YOUNG AGE WHAT YOUNG AGE WHAT IS YOUNG AGE WHAT IS EXPECTED YOUNG AGE WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM YOUNG AGE WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM
US YOUNG AGE WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM
US AND YOUNG AGE WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM
US AND WE KNOW KNOW HOW KNOW HOW TO KNOW HOW TO BE KNOW HOW TO BE OUR BEST BEST AND BEST AND HE BEST AND HE PUSHES US US TO US TO BE US TO BE OUR US TO BE OUR BEST. US TO BE OUR BEST.
>>US TO BE OUR BEST.
>>COLLAGES OF OF A OF A PAST OF A PAST PACKERS SUCCESS SUCCESS LINE SUCCESS LINE THE SUCCESS LINE THE LOT SUCCESS LINE THE LOT — SUCCESS LINE THE LOT — WALTER. SUCCESS LINE THE LOT — WALTER.
50 SUCCESS LINE THE LOT — WALTER.
50 CAREER SUCCESS LINE THE LOT — WALTER.
50 CAREER WINS SHATTERING SHATTERING ALL SHATTERING ALL SORTS SHATTERING ALL SORTS OF SHATTERING ALL SORTS OF
MILESTONES AND AND APPARENTLY AND APPARENTLY THAT’S AND APPARENTLY THAT’S NOT AND APPARENTLY THAT’S NOT ALL AND APPARENTLY THAT’S NOT ALL
THAT AND APPARENTLY THAT’S NOT ALL
THAT IS AND APPARENTLY THAT’S NOT ALL
THAT IS GETTING AND APPARENTLY THAT’S NOT ALL
THAT IS GETTING SHATTERED. THAT IS GETTING SHATTERED. THEY THEY FEEL THEY FEEL THEY ARE ARE PLAYING ARE PLAYING FOR ARE PLAYING FOR SOMETHING ARE PLAYING FOR SOMETHING
BIGGER THAN THAN THEMSELVES THAN THEMSELVES AND THAN THEMSELVES AND WE THAN THEMSELVES AND WE REALLY THAN THEMSELVES AND WE REALLY
ARE. ARE. ARE.
WHEN WE WE PLAY PLAYING PLAYING FOR PLAYING FOR THE PLAYING FOR THE SOUTH PLAYING FOR THE SOUTH ST. PLAYING FOR THE SOUTH ST. PAUL COMMUNITY. COMMUNITY.
DIRECTOR COMMUNITY.
DIRECTOR HAS COMMUNITY.
DIRECTOR HAS TO COMMUNITY.
DIRECTOR HAS TO BE COMMUNITY.
DIRECTOR HAS TO BE A COMMUNITY.
DIRECTOR HAS TO BE A BATTLE, DIRECTOR HAS TO BE A BATTLE, DIRECTOR HAS TO BE A BATTLE,
GABBY YOU YOU HAVE YOU HAVE TO YOU HAVE TO FIGHT YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET THE YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET THE
PUCK YOU HAVE TO FIGHT TO GET THE
PUCK OUT. PUCK OUT. PUCK OUT.
>>>PUCK OUT.
>>>SPEAKING PUCK OUT.
>>>SPEAKING OF PUCK OUT.
>>>SPEAKING OF VIGOR, ABOUT ABOUT GIRLS ABOUT GIRLS HOCKEY? ABOUT GIRLS HOCKEY?
IN ABOUT GIRLS HOCKEY?
IN THE ABOUT GIRLS HOCKEY?
IN THE MID-90s IT IT WAS IT WAS ONE IT WAS ONE OF 35 35 TEAMS 35 TEAMS COMPETING. NOW NOW THERE NOW THERE ARE NOW THERE ARE WELL NOW THERE ARE WELL OVER AND AND THE AND THE TALENT LEVEL. LEVEL.
>>>LEVEL.
>>>ALL LEVEL.
>>>ALL THE LEVEL.
>>>ALL THE TEAMS LEVEL.
>>>ALL THE TEAMS THAT LEVEL.
>>>ALL THE TEAMS THAT JUST>>>ALL THE TEAMS THAT JUST>>>ALL THE TEAMS THAT JUST
LOADED>>>ALL THE TEAMS THAT JUST
LOADED UP IN IN THESE IN THESE GIRLS IN THESE GIRLS ARE IN THESE GIRLS ARE PUTTING IN THESE GIRLS ARE PUTTING SO IN THESE GIRLS ARE PUTTING SO
MUCH IN THESE GIRLS ARE PUTTING SO
MUCH MORE IN THESE GIRLS ARE PUTTING SO
MUCH MORE TIME INTO INTO THEIR INTO THEIR SPORT INTO THEIR SPORT AND INTO THEIR SPORT AND THEY INTO THEIR SPORT AND THEY ARE INTO THEIR SPORT AND THEY ARE
BETTER. BETTER. BETTER.
AND THE THE TEAMS THE TEAMS ARE THE TEAMS ARE MORE THE TEAMS ARE MORE DEEP THE TEAMS ARE MORE DEEP AND THE TEAMS ARE MORE DEEP AND
THEY HAVE HAVE THREE HAVE THREE LINES HAVE THREE LINES NOW HAVE THREE LINES NOW WITH HAVE THREE LINES NOW WITH ACES HAVE THREE LINES NOW WITH ACES
HAVE HAVE THREE LINES NOW WITH ACES
HAVE ONE HAVE THREE LINES NOW WITH ACES
HAVE ONE OR HAVE THREE LINES NOW WITH ACES
HAVE ONE OR TWO. HAVE ONE OR TWO. HAVE ONE OR TWO.
IT’S HAVE ONE OR TWO.
IT’S GREAT HAVE ONE OR TWO.
IT’S GREAT FOR HAVE ONE OR TWO.
IT’S GREAT FOR THE>>>>>>IT’S>>>IT’S OBVIOUS,>>>IT’S OBVIOUS, THIS>>>IT’S OBVIOUS, THIS IS THE THE GUY THE GUY WHO THE GUY WHO LOVES THE GUY WHO LOVES HIS THE GUY WHO LOVES HIS JOB. THE GUY WHO LOVES HIS JOB.
AND THE GUY WHO LOVES HIS JOB.
AND HE THE GUY WHO LOVES HIS JOB.
AND HE ADMITTEDLY SAYS SAYS THERE SAYS THERE IS SAYS THERE IS NO SAYS THERE IS NO END DATE DATE INSIGHT. I I WANT I WANT YOU I WANT YOU SAYING I WANT YOU SAYING BACK I WANT YOU SAYING BACK THIS WAY. WAY.
>>WAY.
>>HE’S WAY.
>>HE’S SUPER WAY.
>>HE’S SUPER PASSIONATE WAY.
>>HE’S SUPER PASSIONATE ABOUT>>HE’S SUPER PASSIONATE ABOUT>>HE’S SUPER PASSIONATE ABOUT
HOCKEY AND AND HE AND HE LOVES AND HE LOVES US AND HE LOVES US SO MUCH MUCH AND MUCH AND I MUCH AND I THINK MUCH AND I THINK HE A A LOT A LOT ABOUT A LOT ABOUT US A LOT ABOUT US AS PLAYERS PLAYERS AS PLAYERS AS WELL PLAYERS AS WELL AS PLAYERS AS WELL AS PEOPLE WHICH WHICH IS WHICH IS REALLY WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT. WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT.
>>WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT.
>>THAT PASSION. PASSION.
I PASSION.
I WANT TO TO BE TO BE A TO BE A GREAT TO BE A GREAT ROLE TO BE A GREAT ROLE MODEL TO BE A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR TO BE A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR
THESE TO BE A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR
THESE KIDS TO BE A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR
THESE KIDS AND TO BE A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR
THESE KIDS AND DO IT IT THE IT THE RIGHT IT THE RIGHT WAY IT THE RIGHT WAY AND IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IS IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IS
WHAT IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IS
WHAT WE IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IS
WHAT WE HAVE IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IS
WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IS
WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS TRIED IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IS
WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THAT IS
WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO IN IN SOUTH IN SOUTH ST. IN SOUTH ST. PAUL. IN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
IF IN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
IF YOU IN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
IF YOU HAVE IN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
IF YOU HAVE THAT IN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
IF YOU HAVE THAT MINDSET, IN SOUTH ST. PAUL.
IF YOU HAVE THAT MINDSET, YOU IF YOU HAVE THAT MINDSET, YOU IF YOU HAVE THAT MINDSET, YOU
CAN IF YOU HAVE THAT MINDSET, YOU
CAN LAST

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