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Lincoln-Way Central grad Michelle Kaczmarek is expected to bolster the Colorado State Rams’ defensive depth when she joins the team this coming school year. Photo Submitted
Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter
12:25 pm CDT July 9, 2018

Michelle Kaczmarek, a 2018 Lincoln-Way Central graduate, has been playing hockey since she was 8 years old.

At the time, she was a figure skater. But after seeing the sport — her brother had joined a hockey team — she quickly wanted to trade in the jumps and outfits for a hockey stick and pads.

“They got more practice time [in hockey], and I wanted to be on the ice more often,” she said. “Being on the ice has always made me happy. I’ve always gotten made fun of, because I’m always smiling on the ice. It’s my happy place.”