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Updated: February 23, 2010, 3:29 PM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPN RISE

Each game is a clean slate for James Kline.

Even if he scored the game-winning goal, netted a hat trick or dished out three assists his previous time out, the Upper St. Clair (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) hockey star treats his next outing as if he were a freshman hoping to earn a varsity spot.

His motivation for playing so relentlessly is to uphold the proud tradition of blue-collar hockey at Upper St. Clair. He is fueled by a desire to set an example for his teammates and ...

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