Seriously fun

Bonding, bruising part of the action

Originally Published: October 12, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- After two hours, they are spent.

More like drenched, actually, the extent of their labor apparent by the cascade of sweat pouring off their faces and soaking their clothing. Also, by the stench emanating around them. Quiet banter rises just above the heavy breathing as they drop their sticks and peel off their equipment -- the shin guards, the gloves, the eye gear, assorted braces.

It could be any locker room in America after a hard-fought competition. ...

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