Nick Kelly

Times Staff

Minnesotans are born on ice rinks, not in hospitals. I have fond memories of strapping on cheap pairs of skates and gliding — OK, more like shuffling to stay upright — on outdoor rinks and pavement flooded with water good enough for skating while growing up in frigid Minnesota winters. I enjoyed the sport of hockey then, but I really fell in love with it when I covered Minnesota high school hockey early in my career. Several stops later, I got smart and found the best of both worlds: Covering hockey in a warm-weather city as a Lightning writer in Tampa.

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