Originally written February 12, 2012 on State of Hockey News:
Its the dream of lots and lots of kids who first play the game on the frozen ponds and rinks across the state of hockey.  The dream of someday playing in the NHL, but for most its a dream they'll never come close to ever achieving.  As a native of Elk River and a proud Elk River Area High School alum I can say without hesitation there is a lot of pride in the community's strong tradition with the game of hockey.  From our boys teams to our girls teams, many have gone on to play collegiately and a few lucky ones have had the skills and talent to play professionally.  If you go to Elk River Arena, you see the 3 banners of the 3 NHL'ers our community has produced; Joel Otto, Dan Hinote and Paul Martin.  They will have to add another as Tuesday's news of Nate Prosser signing a 2-year, one way contract extension with the Wild worth a total of $1.65 million.  So Prosser's days (at least for the next two seasons after this one) of hopping on flights back and forth from ...
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