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Garrett hits the ice despite challenges

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- While many professional players can't play because of the lockout, there's one local hockey player, who hasn't let anything keep him from playing the sport.

Hockey is a physically demanding sport and even more so for Garrett Formhals.

He says,  "'Cause I have four fingers and no radius bone on one hand...on both hands."

Formhals has been playing hockey for 9 years.

He started by watching his uncle play for the Mankato East Cougars and then one day he joined him on the ice.

Garrett's mom Michelle Anderson says, "Garrett started playing hockey when he was two and a half and decided that he was going to play hockey. And since he was two, I thought, 'it'll pass.' And it never did, it became an obsession and he started skating in diapers. I used to have to carry him off the rink, kicking and screaming because he wanted to stay and skate."

Even though Garrett may differ physically from others, on the ice he's just another player for the Rochester PBC Black.

Anderson says, "A lot of the other kids when we play other teams...they don't even notice that his arms are different until we get in the locker room. So I think it's great that he's been able to adapt and do what he loves to do."

Formhals practices everyday for more than two hours at a time.

The seasoned athlete admits that he still gets nervous before a game but keeps one thing in mind...

Formhals says, "...Just knowing that...the worst they can do is hurt you. It's wonderful. It's something to do."

Something that Formhals has managed to do no matter what challenges he's had to overcome.

Garrett will be playing on a Triple-A hockey team this summer and hopes to make the A-team next year.

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