Slap Shot

During the week, Lori Highby is the owner of Keystone Click, a Milwaukee-based web design, marketing and custom programming firm.

On the weekends, she plays ice hockey for the Brew City Blades, metro Milwaukee’s competitive women-only ice hockey organization.

Highby has been playing hockey for nearly 13 years, and she started playing because her father was actively involved with the sport.

She used to play in the co-ed recreation leagues at the Pettit National Ice Center in West Allis and joined the Brew City Blades three years ago.

The Brew City Blades have three competitive teams and a fourth exhibition team that competes regularly in the Women’s Central Hockey League throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. The Brew City Blades home games are played at the Pettit Center.

Women on Highby’s team range in age from 18 to 50 and come from all different professional backgrounds.

“We’ve got doctors, lawyers, college students, private investigators and librarians on the team,” she said. “Everyone comes from all different types of professional backgrounds, and we’re all there because we love to play hockey.”

The team also plays in several charity tournaments throughout the season, which runs from October to March, and hosts its own charity event for the National Osteoporosis Foundation in May.

“It’s just fun,” Highby said. “It’s a great stress reliever and I love playing. It’s a good group of people and a well organized club and it is absolutely something I plan to continue to do as long as I can.”

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