Hockey: CEC alumni vs. high school tradition continues
The annual tradition of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton hockey alumni playing against the current high school team originated in roughly the late 1980s, according to girls assistant coach Dave Esse.
The women's alumni team is much younger than the men's. Richard Bartholdi moved from coaching high school boys hockey in 1997 to starting a girls team because his daughter, Brigitte, and a few of her friends wanted their own team. Once those players began graduating, many of them returned to play with their former teammates in the alumni games.
This year's games Monday, Dec. 24, had fewer men and women alumni players than in the past. The alumni women even needed to borrow a goalie from the high school team.