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Kaitlyn, Taylor Shrode stay sharp at multiple levels of hockey

Sisters Kaitlyn

The Shrode sisters know how to keep it cool when they're playing their favorite sport.

It's the most wonderful time of the year for Kaitlyn and Taylor Shrode: hockey season. However, the amount of time they devote to the ice is quite a bit more than others who lace up their skates in the winter.

At 16, Kaitlyn competes for both the Moffat County Bulldogs club hockey team through Craig Youth Hockey AssociationCraig Youth Hockey Association, as well as the 19 and under AAA team for , as well as the 19 and under AAA team for Colorado Select Girls Hockey AssociationColorado Select Girls Hockey Association, which sees skilled female players from across the state or even beyond., which sees skilled female players from across the state or even beyond.

Craig Youth Hockey Association, as well as the 19 and under AAA team for Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association, which sees skilled female players from across the state or even beyond.

"Most of our players came from out-of-state this year, three from California, one from Arizona, two from South Dakota, two from Georgia, they all got recruited by our coach," she said.

While the rink in Craig opens in October at the earliest, Colorado Select players are engaged in practices and games starting in the summertime, running through April. So far in the past several months, Kaitlyn has traveled to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont for the program.

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She'll also be in Minnesota for several days in January, as well as Canada at the end of the month.

Her older sibling also skated for the Bulldogs and Colorado Selects, and the amount of time 20-year-old Taylor spent traveling for the sport has paid off, now playing for the women's team at Plymouth State UniversityPlymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

The Division III Panthers are 6-6 this season, next playing in the Doubletree Hockey Classic Jan. 8 and 9 in Winooski, Vermont.

As a biochemistry student, she won't need to be back in classes until Jan. 15, but for athletics, she'll need to be back in New England the weekend after New Year's Day.

"It's really competitive, keeps you on your toes," she said of college-level hockey. "But it's a lot of fun, well worth it."

Kaitlyn hopes to play on the same team as her sister after she graduates in 2017, though she plans to pursue an education in sports medicine and athletic training.

"I love the school, and they have exactly what I want to do," she said.

Taylor said she expects her younger sibling will have her pick of college options when the time comes.

"I'd like to see her go to the next level, and if she goes to my school, that'd be cool," she said.

As part of her winter break, Taylor has been practicing with the Bulldogs alongside her sister.

"It's awesome, it brings back a lot of good memories of where it all happened," Taylor said.

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