Howie: Watch out for the Hunters next hockey season

I have Duluth Denfeld ranked second behind heavy favorite Hermantown in my 2019-20 Section 7A high school boys hockey preseason rankings. Defending champion Greenway is ranked third in what likely will be a three-team 7A tournament.

Hermantown will likely be seeded No. 1 in the tournament, so expect Duluth Denfeld and Greenway to meet in a semifinal at Amsoil Arena.

The Hunters boast more talent than they had a year ago, from the top to the bottom of their lineup. But last year’s team set the bar high for work ethic.

Will this year’s Hunters overachieve with determination and intensity like the team had a year ago? This year’s Hunters are bigger, stronger and have the raw skill to play with local kingpins Hermantown and Duluth East.

A couple of Hunters stood out for their excellent play in last weekend’s Blackwoods Open summer tournament. I’ll write about this in my next post at this page soon.

I also might launch a daily local high school sports podcast. It would be a big commitment of personal time, but based on my decades of experience coming local sports, I’m confident that the kids, their families and fans of local sports would be daily listeners.

Would you listen to the daily, 20-minute or so podcasts? eMail me a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

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