Learn to Skate/Play Hockey Programs return to La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A free program focused on increasing girl participation in ice hockey will be held at the Onalaska Omni Center on April 8.

Learn to Skate will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday and Learn to Play Hockey will begin at 1 p.m.

Free ice skates and hockey equipment will be available for all girls if needed.

The clinic is open to all girls in Onalaska, Holmen, Galesville, Ettrick, Trempealeau, La Crosse (including Coulee Catholic Schools), Bangor, and West Salem (including Coulee Christian and Christ St. John's).

Many standout players have come from the Coulee Region including former UW Badger Lauren Unser-Meuer, Ohio State Buckeye Jacyn Reeves, U Conn’s Theresa Knutson, Concordia University’s Baylee Darling, Lindenwood’s Chazlyn Anderson. Other local players having an impact at local, state and national levels are Maria McHugh, Jaidyn Groshek, Jessica Culp, Kaylee Manglitz, Sascha Cromheecke, Claire Bekkum, Charlotte Kline and Kiya Bronston just to name a few.

Participants can pre-register at and are asked to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled session.

Questions about the clinic or registrations should be directed to: Mark Thorn, OHS Girl’s Coach @ (608)792-2367 or Teresa Lee, Girls Representative for Tornado Youth Hockey @

This program is being made possible through the support of Tornado Youth Hockey (Onalaska and Holmen), West Salem Youth Hockey, River City Youth Hockey (La Crosse), Onalaska Park and Recreation, Coulee Bank, Bronston Chiropractic, DICK’S Sporting Goods, and Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association.

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