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Hudson's Drewiske hoists Stanley Cup

Hudson High School graduate Davis Drewiske, who won a state high school hockey championship with the Raiders in 2001, played on the University of Wisconsin's 2006 national championship team, realized the dream of hockey players everywhere Monday night when he hoisted the Stanley Cup after his Los Angeles Kings team defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, to win the franchise's first National Hockey League title.

Drewiske, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 215-pound defenseman with the Kings, took his turn carrying the Stanley Cup around the Staples Center ice along with the rest of his teammates after the Kings locked up the title in the sixth game of the best-of-seven series.

Drewiske appeared in nine games with the Kings this season, none in the playoffs, tallying two goals from his blue line position.

Drewiske, a 2003 graduate of Hudson High School, earned multiple all-conference honors in football, hockey and baseball and all-state honors in hockey and baseball during his high school career. He was a member of the Raiders' 2001 WIAA State Championship hockey team and was named Wisconsin's Mr. Hockey in 2003.

His athletic career was nearly derailed when he suffered a broken neck his junior year while playing for the Raider hockey team in the championship game of the Duluth Holiday Tournament. He spent several days in intensive care, and after painful spinal fusion surgery, wore a halo brace for five months.

He went to play four years at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of the Badgers' 2005-06 national championship team and team captain as a senior in 2007-08.

On April 1, 2008, Drewiske signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He made his NHL debut with the team in February, 2009 and has appeared in 106 career games. His parents are David and Karen Drewiske of the town of Troy.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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