Chisago Lakes Hockey is ZacStrong

November 20th marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of Zachary Bartz. At the age of 19 months, Zac was diagnosed with his first brain tumor, which left him blind in one eye. He began a 9-year battle fighting tumor after tumor, courageously undergoing hundreds of sessions of chemotherapy, 12 weeks of radiation, and multiple surgeries.

Zac loved hockey but could not play. Instead, he cheered the players on, offered encouragement and advice, and most importantly, led those around him by example to "never give up!" Zac never said, "I can't," but instead, "I will try." This has become the ZacStrong Way.

Receiving the ZacStrong award is our opportunity to recognize players who are nominated by their coaches for displaying the finest qualities of teamwork, acting as a motivator, a mentor, and a friend to their peers while living by Zac's core values: courage, strength, bravery, humility, faith, and love.

Zac's legacy lives on in the hearts of our community as we remember and celebrate the life of this amazing boy. Chisago Lakes - let's "live like that."

Congratulations to our 2023-2024 Zac Strong nominees!


  • U8 - Kennedy Wasson, Jovi Howard, Mila Krier
  • White - Tucker Mack, Henry Fischer, Jordan Melstrom
  • Black - Bennett Turgeon, Caden Rasmussen
  • Gold - Charles Maeckelbergh, Barrett Siedow, Jacob Ramola
  • Green - Blake Bobrowski, Gavin Bushweiler, Jordan Boleman


  • C - Jacob Paulson, Grayson Wakefield, Brad Flaherty
  • B1 - David Pedersen, Cooper Swanson, Maxx Johnson


  • C - Xander Hansen, Carter Kasal, Devin Hyde
  • B2 - Wyatt Larson, Liam Aherns, Keegan Linhoff
  • A - Henry Larson, Aymse Tharaldson, Torger Olson


  • B2 - Henry Kern, Ben Richert, Sasha Roche
  • A - Easton Arneson, Bjorn Crabtree


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