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Bronston’s family bond built on hockey

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Onalaska, Wisc. (WXOW)- Hockey is at the heart of the Bronston family, and they didn't waste anytime getting Kiya into the game.

"Well, we have really tiny skates, and I'm sure after the birth, we had some make believe skates we maybe put on for maybe an American doll or something on that order," Kiya's father Leo Bronston said.

By age three, Kiya was on the ice.

"At first, it's really dad or or brothers doing the work, and she always liked to go fast," Leo said. "I had to always pull her fast."

Chasing her four older brothers who all played Hilltopper hockey.

"When our games are online or on Youtube, they always watch that because they don't live around here, and then after my games they usually text me good job," Kiya said.

Her brothers are coming away impressed with their younger sister who most recently won Wisconsin Prep Hockey Player of the Week.

"Yeah I was pretty excited when I found out that I was one of them because there are a lot of girls in Wisconsin who could've got it and for them to pick me," Kiya said.

The recognition was well-deserved as she is ranked second in the state in points. But for Kiya, It's less about her own accomplishments and more about giving her teammates the same opportunity.

"It takes a community of players to play with you, and what's the nicest thing that I've seen is that the team has blended together," Leo said. "We're seeing a lot more play-making not just individual efforts."

Leo knows the game well as a coach for over 30 years, and he can't help but let coach and dad inter-mix once in a while.

"I'm thankful for that because it helped me a lot, and I feel like it's help me become the person I am," Kiya said.

Leo's biggest piece of advice to Kiya is just to enjoy the journey, just as he is doing, watching Kiya grow up right before his eyes.

"I look at this and look at you now and wow you've grown up," Leo said to Kiya. "I mean her mom and I are extremely proud of everything that she's accomplished, and I think we're more proud of the fact that she's a good person."

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