Updated: April 03, 2021 12:04 AM
Created: April 02, 2021 10:00 PM
Hermantown would still love to be playing hockey in the boys state tournament, but the Hawks are also looking forward to the NCAA Frozen Four next week.
Forty-four Minnesotans make up the four teams rosters heading to Pittsburgh, but the largest Minnesota community represented will be Hermantown.
Six former players will skate for a national championship. They include University of Minnesota Duluth's (UMD) Darian Gotz, Blake Biondi, Cole Koepke, Jesse Jacques, and Minnesota State University Mankato's Ryan Sandelin and Wyatt Aamodt. UMD assistant coach, Adam Krause, is also a native of Hermantown.
When current Hermantown boys hockey head coach Pat Andrews heard the news, he was fired up. He sent out a tweet to express how proud he is to be a part of this program.
6 @HAHA_Hockey Hawks in the frozen four!!!!!! Are you kidding me! Tell me another hockey program with more! Go get it Hawks!!!!!!!!!!— Patrick Andrews (@pandrews2211) March 29, 2021
"We have six kids. I don't know, I think each team carries about a 25-man roster, so six percent of the Frozen Four is from Hermantown, Minnesota. That just makes me proud," said Andrews via Zoom. "We love our program. Growing up in it and everything we do in our program, but that to me speaks volumes to what we do. Why we do what we do, and why we do it the way we do it. We take a lot of heat sometimes, but I don't think anybody can argue with the results."
There is a chance all six could be in the national championship game. The tournament starts next Thursday. UMD is set to face Massachusetts and Minnesota State will take on St. Cloud State.
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