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March 2019

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22 // MARCH 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM AKING IT TO THE NHL is the ultimate dream for many young hockey players. It certainly was for Christian Fischer and Vinnie Hinostroza, who grew up five minutes away from each other in the Chicago suburbs. They even joked about one day playing on the same team. That seemed like a pipedream until their hometown Blackhawks pulled the trigger on a summer blockbuster trade that sent Hinostroza heading to the Arizona desert where he has been reunited with his childhood friend and teammate. "Never in our lives did we ever believe we'd be playing in the NHL on the same team together," said Fischer, who is wrapping up his third season with the Arizona Coyotes. "I have countless stories of Vinnie and I getting in trouble with our dads. I have pictures on vacation with his family. I was with him when he got the call that he was traded here. It's crazy how it all worked out." Ironically, they once again live five minutes apart in Scottsdale, where they are living out those hockey dreams that first took root as members of the Chicago Mission youth hockey organization. M By Taylor Sedona Clark Chicago-Based Program Proves Its Worth As A Launching Pad For NHL Dreams MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ACCOMPLISHED

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