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. Today, they play in the Polly and Henry Uihlein Sr. Ice Arena (one of the state’s first rinks for high school students), and the boys’ and girls’ teams have won several state championships.
To honor the program’s long history, USM hosted a 100 Years of Hockey celebration on Saturday, Dec. 4, featuring an outdoor tent with food and refreshments, junior varsity and varsity games, and an open skate for attendees following the conclusion of the varsity game. In addition, select alumni with long-standing ties to USM’s hockey program were invited to participate in a puck drop ahead of the boys’ varsity game against Wausau West, which USM ended up winning by a final of 2–0.
The event was originally scheduled to be held in 2020, but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.