AU boys hockey seek winning season


Jack Heimerl, Contributor

Last year, the Boys’ Appleton United Hockey team went all the way down to Madison and won the state tournament, making them the state champions. The team made it there with the help of six seniors, all of which who graduated, with some going on to play hockey in college. When current senior Connor Zilisch was asked what it will be like without those seniors, he responded, “They were all vital players who we have to try and replace. Last year, we were known as a skilled team with lots of great players. This year, we will have to be a working team to replace those six seniors we lost.” The team has been affected by more than just missing the players on the ice. They also will be missed before games according to Zilisch. He said they were known for getting the team pumped up before games, and they were all great friends on and off the ice. The team has their first home game this Tuesday, the 29th. The team has had opportunities, such as their scrimmage on the 17th, to see what the team is capable of. Head coach Mike Brolsma said the scrimmage was a great time to run full speed all of the new players and all the fundamentals before it really matters. The home game will be against the Neenah/Hortonville/Menasha Rockets Boys’ Hockey team.