Athlete of the Week: Old Abe Hockey in the Pros

The Eau Claire Memorial men's hockey program has been one of the most successful high school programs in the state over the past decade. As of this week, four Old Abe alums find their names on the roster of professional franchises. Jake Dowell, with Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. Jake McCabe, Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. Jefferson Dahl, with EHC Klostersee in Germany. and Charley Graaskamp in the OHL with the Soo Greyhounds.

"I've gotten to know Jefferson and Jake McCabe quite a bit more now that they've gotten into college because I didn't know them before," says Jake Dowell, "so it's fun to get back and be around all these people that we have one main thing in common and that's hockey."

"It's really cool to see the growth from youth hockey and up through high school here,"says Jefferson Dahl." All three of us played at Memorial. It's fun now, as you get older, to see younger kids come up through the ranks, and there's a great crop of kids coming up, and it'll be fun to see what they can do."

"It's really cool to see the growth from youth hockey and up through high school here, says Charlie Graaskamp." All three of us played at Memorial. It's fun now, as you get older, to see younger kids come up through the ranks, and there's a great crop of kids coming up, and it'll be fun to see what they can do."


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