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High School Hockey Notebook

The annual Hilltopper Classic high school boys hockey tournament will be held Dec. 27-29 at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth. Competing teams include Bemidji, Blake School, Brainerd, Buffalo, Chanhassen, Duluth Marshall, Hermantown and Rosemount.

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The 2018 Upper Midwest High School Elite League boys hockey regular season opens Saturday in New Hope, Minn.

Twelve teams will compete in a seven-week Elite League regular season, with all-weekend games also played in Duluth, Faribault, Grand Rapids, Wausau, Superior and Eau Claire one weekend apiece.

A single-elimination post-season tournament will be held October 26-28, also in New Hope.

Most of the top upperclasssmen from the Duluth area and Iron Range will compete for Team North, including likely Mr. Hockey Award finalist Ryder Donovan, a 6-foot-4 senior center at Duluth East and a University of North Dakota commit. Hermantown junior forward Blake Biondi, a Bulldogs recruit, is another mega-elite local player to watch.

2018 Team North Roster (Committed)

Forwards
Logan Anderson, Duluth East Jr.
Brendan Baker, Duluth East Sr.
Kade Bender, Cloquet Jr.
Blake Biondi, Hermantown Jr. (Bulldogs)
Ryder Donovan, Duluth East Sr. (North Dakota)
Jack Fitzgerald, Duluth East Sr.
Jacob Jeanette, Duluth East So.
Landon Langenbrunner, Cloquet Sr.
Ricky Lyle, Duluth East Sr.
Aaron Moore, Cloquet Jr.
Landon Parker, East Grand Forks Jr.
Elliot Peterson, Hermantown Sr.
Gavin Rasmussen, Cloquet Sr.

Defensemen
Carson Cochran, Duluth East Sr.
Darian Gotz, Hermantown Sr.
Mason Langenbrunner, Cloquet So.
Hunter Paine, Duluth East Sr.
Jack Peart, Grand Rapids So.
Joey Pierce, Hermantown So.

Goaltenders
Carter Clafton, Grand Rapids Jr.
Lukan Hanson, Duluth East Sr.

Team North openers this weekend in New Hope:

Saturday — vs. Team Northeast, 11:30 a.m.
Saturday — vs. Team Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Sunday — vs. CCM, 9 a.m.