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Packer's Perspective: Rigsby takes the reins

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Hey followers! The blog has a special treat today, a guest blogger from the Badgers! As the team is spread out across North America celebrating the holiday with their families I have asked senior goaltender Alex Rigsby to share what she is up to this holiday season, so without further introduction, Alex Rigsby!

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Greetings Badger Fans!
 
The busy semester has ended and a much deserved break is in place for the team.  I finished up the semester with two exams this past Friday and returned home right after.  My break thus far has been busy for me, but a good busy. Since my finals, I have been running around doing some last minute Christmas shopping, catching up with friends from home including former teammate, Brianna Decker, and training.
 
My dad was out of town this past weekend watching my younger brother, Chase, play hockey in Connecticut and they got back yesterday. My older brother, Zach, is currently recovering from shoulder surgery with my mom as his nurse. It is great to have our whole family together for the first time since August!
 
Last night an extra special event occurred. Growing up, I played for the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals and played with the boys under a very inspiring coach, Ulvis Katlaps. Ulvis was a former Badger hockey player from Latvia who passed away suddenly from cancer this past August. Last night, the organization put on the fourth annual alumni hockey game, but this year they named it the UK2 Alumni Game. Although I did not participate in the game this year, it was a great time seeing my old teammates and how much they have grown as hockey players and young men over the past few years. We were a very close group and picked up right where we left off!
 
After the game, a dinner was held at the rink for the parents and players to mingle and catch up. The great thing about the hockey community is how tight knit and supportive it is, just like the Badger community. It was fun to hear the different stories told about Ulvis from over the years. He is greatly missed, but will always be remembered.  
 
Now, my family and I are at my grandparent's lake house.They live in a small town in Illinois and have their own private lake. They recently built a house on it, but before that, we camped in the summer and never came out here for the holidays. I love spending the holiday here and it is one of my favorite places to be. It is truly a winter wonderland!  
 
Tonight we will have our traditional seafood dinner and attend church after. Also as a tradition, my two brothers and I get to open one gift the night before, so I am anxious for that!
 
Nothing compares to spending the holidays with the family. I am looking forward to Christmas and enjoying a few extra days off before returning back to school on the 27th.  Thanks for reading and I want to wish you all a safe and Happy Holidays!!!
 
~Alex Rigsby

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