German exchange student Boettcher taking Viroqua hockey to new heights

On the local ice, Viroqua girls hockey looks to build on an impressive 2020 season, and they’re relying on a piece of their team who’s traveled 4,000 miles to get there.

It’s Leonie Boettcher, a foreign exchange student from Berlin, Germany. She has played hockey overseas since she was three years old, and she always wanted to play hockey in the States.

Even with all her experience with the game, she was worried about fitting in, but with Viroqua she’s found a second family.

“I am so glad she’s here, she’s a really good asset to the team,” said junior Rachel Simonson. “She’s my wing, but she’s always in the right place at the right time and makes my life so much easier on the ice.”

“They’re really happy to have me,” said Boettcher. “I was really nervous to come here and play. They all know each other and I was the new girl who knew nothing about them, but I’m really happy here.”

Her impact is already felt. She scored four goals her first game, and has six goals and nine points through four total games.