Hawks happy to return to the rink

Updated: January 04, 2021 10:45 PM
Created: January 04, 2021 06:48 PM

The first Monday of the New Year also marked the first day of practice for numerous Minnesota prep sports teams. Coming off a Class A state runner-up finish, the Hermantown boys hockey team was very happy to get back to business.

"I had nervous energy this morning. I felt like a kid again. It was crazy. I was just really happy to be back at it and I think my family is too. I'm probably a little less crabby now that we're back at it," said Hermantown boys hockey head coach Pat Andrews. "Sitting there at Christmas break not having hockey was very difficult."

"There were definitely times it wasn't looking so good. We didn't really know when we were going to start, if we were going to start, so it's just amazing to be here and practice," said Hermantown senior defenseman Joey Pierce. "He was just saying again, treat every day like a gift because we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow," said Pierce about a message from Coach Andrews.

The Hawks will have 10 days of practice before opening up their season on the road against Superior. Before gathering as a group on Monday, they've been putting in the time on their outdoor ice.

"It just shows the character we have in this group. The sophomores coming up, I haven't been around them much, but they just proved themselves that they want to be here and be good as well," said Pierce.

"All this stuff - I just think you can control what you can control. We're just so happy to be back on the ice. I don't care if we had to play tomorrow, we'd figure it out," added Andrews.

The Hawks and the Spartans will meet next Thursday.

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