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Drewiske returns home, helps Hudson hockey team

Jake Dowell of the Minnesota Wild and Hudson native Davis Drewiske of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings helped out at the Raiders' off-season contact week of practice last week in Hudson. Dowell worked with the squad on Monday while Drewiske helped out for three days. Photo by Jace Frederick

Hudson native Davis Drewiske of the Los Angeles Kings was back in town last week.

He spent three days working with the Raider hockey team during its contact week of off-season practice.

Drewiske emphasized the importance of giving back to the high school program.

"Obviously I want to see the kids do well and have some fun and success. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from athletics. Success comes from working hard and being focused and detailed with your approach to things. (Varsity head coach Brooks Lockwood) is definitely that way so I'm just trying to help reinforce some of that stuff with the kids."

He enjoys spending time with the young players.

"They're excited and eager to learn. It's a great reminder that it's a game and it's fun. They're enthusiastic and they want to learn and get better."

Lockwood and Drewiske were teammates at Hudson during their high-school careers.

"We played together in high school and we're still good friends," he said. "I want to just try to support him anyway I can."

Drewiske won the Stanley Cup championship with the Kings for the first time in franchise history in June.

"It was a blast. It was really fun to be a part of. I was very excited for my teammates," said Drewiske, "It was a great experience and something I'll never forget."

The defenseman has now won titles at all three levels. Along with winning the cup, he won the Wisconsin State Tournament in 2001 with Hudson and was part of the 2006 Wisconsin Badger NCAA national championship team.

He compared the most recent experience with his past championships.

"I think every one's a little bit different. (The Stanley Cup) is the biggest one so it's pretty special for everyone involved."

Drewiske believes the opportunity is there for other players from the area to reach the highest level.

"If you stay with it, work hard, practice the right way and you coach the game the right way, then combine that with a little bit of timing and a little bit of luck, anything could happen."

He likes to stay involved with youth players, but is not sure coaching is in his future.

"I don't know, we'll see. I enjoy the teaching side of it and just kind of being on the ice with the kids. I'll probably be involved in one way or another but I don't know how involved."