Howie Q&A: Duluth East hockey star Ian Mageau

Duluth East hockey standout Ian Mageau, on the Greyhounds’ season to this point: “We’re riding a positive wave. The target on our backs makes it a lot more fun. I like where we’re at.”

Mageau, on the workmanlike ‘Hounds: “We’re a hard-working, grindy team that plays tough defense and can bury the puck offensively. We’re playing the same zone to zone to zone system that East is known for. We like our defense to put the puck on forwards’ sticks, to not hang on to it very long, and then we like to get it in deep. We like to trap guys on the forecheck, with one of our guys taking one defenseman and our other forechecker taking the other defenseman. Then, the third guy stays high. We prefer to get it to the net or get it high.”

Mageau, on the best team the ‘Hounds have played this season: “Minnetonka. Fast, strong and good at moving the puck. That was a big win for us, for sure. We wanted to play physical, hard and wear them down. We simplified our game. We’re pretty well conditioned so we weren’t concerned about getting worn down, even in the second game of the back-to-back.”

Mageau, on playing on the top line with Ryder Donovan and Garrett Worth: “We’re grindy but can score. Ryder and I do the work in the corners, and then hand it out to Sniper Worth.”

Mageau, on the upcoming Section 7AA playoffs: “It’s our favorite time of the year, something we grew up watching. Cloquet, Andover, Marshall — it doesn’t matter. Losing two years in a row to Grand Rapids is tough. We’re hungry, and we want it.”

Mageau, on playing for the storied East program
: “It’s an honor to play for Duluth East. You grow up watching it, and it’s a lot of fun. Randolph’s (Coach Mike) dedication and intensity are impressive. He’s straight-forward, level-headed, even funny at times. Mostly, he’s fair. He’s the best coach I’ve had.”

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