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A Century on the Ice

A Century on the Ice

USM alumni and friends gathered to celebrate the school’s long-standing hockey tradition. They honored the many players, coaches, and families who dedicated themselves to the program’s success.

The hockey program at University School of Milwaukee and its predecessor schools has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1920, when students played on a flooded field with nothing more than skates, gloves, and sticks. To honor the program’s long history, USM hosted a 100 Years of Hockey celebration on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 featuring an outdoor tent with food and refreshments, junior varsity and varsity games, and an open skate for attendees. In addition, select alumni participated in a puck drop ahead of the boys’ varsity game against Wausau West, which USM won by a final of 2–0.

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The ceremonial puck drop before the celebratory 100th Year of Hockey game.

Members of USM's hockey community gathered on the ice for the puck drop ahead of the boy's varsity game vs. Wausau West, with team captains Michael Kennedy '22 (left) and Cade Gruber.

Two alumni smile for a photo next to a vintage hockey jersey.

Rob Balge '77 (left) and Burt Bartlett '74 enjoyed the hockey memorabilia on display in the heated outdoor tent and relived their hockey-playing days.

The girls hockey team is honored during the 100 Years of Hockey celebration.

The girls' hockey co-op team was recognized at the event and introduced by Tim Williams, USM's director of athletics.