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For the Love of the Game: Skating with UMD hockey cheer

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DULUTH, MN. -- Whether they are on the ice or in the stands, the UMD Hockey Cheer Team puts in a lot of effort to bring visitors to AMSOIL a great "fan experience" during every Bulldog home game.

Dancing, cheerleading, and ice skating. That and a heavy dose of coordination is what it takes to become a UMD ice cheerleader.

"Becoming a cheerleader was quite awkward for me. But being surrounded by an awesome team and once you step out there it's like you have done it your whole life", said Lauren Kuchenmeister.

For Daria Goede, she skated her way to Duluth just to be apart of the program.

"So my senior year of high school, in April, I found out that I made the cheer team, and that is actually what made my decision to come to UMD. So 3 years later I am one of the captains, and it's been a really cool experience", said Goede.

The squad spends a lot of time together. From classes, to practice, or even traveling with the team, which intensifies their bond that will last a lifetime.

"It's kind of like my home away from home. I had friends before I came to school, and I was able to have a family here without having to go out and make one", said Goede.

This family has a grand total of 45 different routines they perform on a weekly basis, but what's really important, is connecting with younger Bulldogs.

"We like to think our ourselves as ambassadors for kids. We have been told so many times that we are great role models for the little girls. They will come to games at AMSOIL and they are in their cheer-leading outfit and they have their pom-poms from previous years, and it just makes us so proud that they look up to us and that we can show them what it's like to be a cheerleader and be involved with your school", said Kuchenmeistser.

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