Updated: November 13, 2019 06:40 PM
Created: November 13, 2019 06:17 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Dodge County had some special visitors on Wednesday afternoon.
The St. Cloud State Women's Ice Hockey team stopped in Kasson to practice as they are on their way to Missouri. The team is slated to face Lindenwood University in a two-game series beginning Friday, but their stop on Wednesday for practice was motivated by one of the team's seniors.
Forward Dana Rasmussen, who is also a former Dodge County Wildcat, got to skate on her home ice and show her team where it all started.
"This is a chance to get back on [Dana's] home ice, show what Kasson is about - big metro AA hockey -show where her grassroots are, and get that appreciation," Wildcats Head Coach Jeremy Gunderson said.
Rasmussen etched her name into Wildcat history being the all-time leading goal scorer. On Wednesday, she had the chance to come home and share a piece of her passion with her team and former coaches.
"I've had her since she was six years old," Gunderson added. "So, to see her go through the whole process of youth hockey, high school hockey, college hockey...she's just a great kid."
For Rasmussen, Dodge County Ice Arena is where it all started.
"Getting back to my roots is a huge thing for me," Rasmussen said. "I practiced here all summer and it kind of brought me back to why I play. I think where I get most of my work ethic was...it started here in this rink. My style of play is completely Dodge County. It's like the most Minnesotan you can get."
The Huskies play Lindenwood this Friday in St. Charles, MO. First game set for 7:10 p.m.
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