Hockey Keeps Hyduke Around the Rink |

Hockey Keeps Hyduke Around the Rink

Updated: December 24, 2019 10:41 PM

Pete Hyduke has spent over 40 years dedicating his life to the Hibbing-Chisholm hockey program.

"It really is a special place to coach," said Hyduke.

His storied career includes heading the girls program from 2001-2016; appearing in 8 state tournaments. Following the 2015-2016 season, he turned in his resignation and Emily Erickson took over. She’s led the Bluejackets ever since, but took a one-year leave of absence that put Hyduke back at the helm.

"Kids energize you," said Hyduke. "The fun thing about being around young individuals is that they keep you energized, they keep you young."

"I think it was an easy transition. Nobody was really nervous about coming in. We knew him and the chemistry has always been there," said Hibbing-Chisholm senior forward Allie Bussey.

Hyduke’s kids joke he’ll never retire because he was a coach before he was ever a parent.

"It’s something that’s ingrained in him and he’s good at it," said Pete's son Brad Hyduke. "He’s been a mentor coach to a lot of people in the area including myself. People look up to him. The work he does, the way he carries himself, and at 62 years old he’s still going strong."

Hockey runs deep among the Hyduke's. Out of their four kids, Brad is in his tenth year as the Grand Rapids/Greenway girls hockey head coach. His brother kevin assists with the Lightning’s JV team and his sister Kristen helps out with the bluejackets.

"Once I got to college and got the opportunity to coach it felt natural because I’ve been around it my whole life," said Brad.

Once in a while all of their paths cross on the bench when Grand Rapids/Greenway and Hibbing-Chisholm meet in a game.

"I admire the job he’s doing in Grand Rapids and it always makes for a special game," said Hyduke.

"There might be a shoulder shrug after the game or a smirk or a smile for whoever got the win, at this points it’s become second nature," added Brad.

Brad and his dad have played against each other for 13 straight years. At the rate of Coach Hyduke retiring anytime soon, they’ll be playing hockey against each other for another 13 more.

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