By Jim den Hollander
The Badger Lightning varsity hockey team, made up of high school players from across Sauk County as well as surrounding communities, unofficially opened its new season with a captain’s practice held at the Lake Delton Ice Arena on Sunday night.
The team will continue the captain’s practices for the next few months in Lake Delton until pre-season begins officially in November.
The Lighting graduated a half dozen players that all filled leadership roles on the ice and in the locker room last season. In a rare twist, Head Coach Rick Capener finds himself with a younger than usual varsity squad with no returning seniors and only a couple juniors.
The future though, looks bright for the squad, that not only will see its current players together for two full seasons, but also a large and talented group of incoming freshmen next season.
Capener and incoming junior Carson Blosenski took a few minutes to chat with Saukhockey.info about the excitement of getting back on the ice and the future of the Badger Lightning program.