Howie’s Hockey Notebook

Duluth Denfeld freshman-to-be forward Connor McClure had a goal and an assist in four games for Team Kelly in the 2019 Boys Select 15 Player Development Camp held last week at Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y.

Zam Plante of Hermantown, another elite local forward, had one assist in four games for Team Forest.

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Pionk. New York Rangers TV

Neal Pionk of Hermantown agreed to terms on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets today — for a guaranteed average annual value of $3 million. The 23-year-old defenseman, a restricted free-agent who was acquired from the New York Rangers in a trade for Jacob Trouba earlier this summer, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing Wednesday in Toronto.

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The 2019 Lakeview Summer Classic high school boys hockey tournament will be held Friday through Sunday at beautiful Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth. Class 2A power Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Class 1A favorite Hermantown are elite teams in the eight-team field. Defending Section 7A champion Greenway, Brainerd, St. Cloud, Mahtomedi, Bemidji and Duluth Marshall are also enterred.

Players to watch:

. Hermantown’s Blake Biondi, a senior forward and elite Bulldogs recruit, and Joey Pierce, an uncommitted junior defenseman

. Benilde-St. Margaret’s Blake Mesenburg, an uncommitted senior forward who had a team-high 49 points (23 goals) last season, and senior defenseman Nate Schweitzer, a Colorado College commit and four-year varsity regular who finished with 42 points (15 goals) a year ago

Schedule

Quarterfinals
Duluth Marshall vs. Bemidji, 5:30 p.m. Friday
St. Cloud vs. Mahtomedi, 7:45 p.m. Friday
Brainerd vs. Hermantown, 8:30 p.m. Saturday
Greenway vs. Benidle-St. Margaret’s, 10:45 a.m. Saturday

Semis
3:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Final
3:30 p.m. Sunday

All games at beautiful Mars Lakeview Arena.

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