Prairie Profiles: When the work pays off

Published 8:30 pm Monday, November 18, 2019

Albert Lea hockey player also a member of junior Iowa team


Albert Lea High School senior Campbell Cichosz has played hockey since he was 4 years old, and has loved it even longer.

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Cichosz, now 18, moved from Fergus Falls to Albert Lea with his family when he was in eighth grade. He is a defenseman for the Tigers.

Over the summer Cichosz tried out for the North Iowa Bulls — a Tier III junior ice hockey team in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) that plays its home games at North Iowa Ice Arena in Mason City.

Cichosz earned a spot on the team, and started playing with the Bulls in October. He’ll return to the Bulls after his last season with Albert Lea is over.

While the last season of his high school career will have its bittersweet moments, Cichosz said he looks forward to what the future will bring.

“I think it’s kind of special,” Cichosz said. “I’ve been working for it all my life. I’m super excited.”

Cichosz has also played golf in the past for Albert Lea, but said whether he plays this year will depend on how his schedule is come spring. After graduation, he plans to take online classes while putting the rest of his focus toward hockey.

Cichosz and the Tigers will open their 2019-20 season at 7:15 p.m. Friday vs. Marshall at Albert Lea City Arena.

A North Iowa Bulls schedule can be found at


Campbell Cichosz

Age: 18

Address: Albert Lea

Livelihood: student, hockey player

Family: parents Jay and Amy, brothers Burke and Gavin, sister Mika

Interesting fact: also plays golf for Albert Lea


About Colleen Harrison

Colleen Harrison is the photo editor at the Albert Lea Tribune. She does photography and writes general-assignment stories.

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