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Hockey is a family tradition for the Johnsons and Fitzgeralds. From left are Bob Fitzgerald, Scott Johnson, Jack Johnson, Olivia Johnson, Erik Fitzgerald and Janie Johnson. Not pictured is Matt Fitzgerald. Pioneer Photo/Bethany Wesley

A family tradition: John Glas Fieldhouse bridges two generations of Bemidji pucksters

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When asked what he likes about hockey, 12-year-old Erik Fitzgerald grins, "Everything."

It is, perhaps, in his blood.

Erik is the son of Bemidji's Bob Fitzgerald, who was a wing with the Bemidji State University men's team from 1980 to 1984.

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Fitzgerald recalled that Erik received his first pair of ice skates in December 1996 - and the boy wasn't born until May 1997.

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