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Hockey: Former East defenseman Donovan commits to Badgers

Shay Donovan, a 2016 Duluth East graduate, announced Wednesday that he will be joining his brother, Ryder, on the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team.

The elder Donovan, a 6-foot-3 defenseman, was a finalist for the Reed Larson Award his senior season with the Greyhounds. He's played in the North American Hockey League since, including a stint with the Minnesota Wilderness. Most recently, he's skated for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Ryder Donovan, who helped East to a fifth-place finish at last month's state tournament, will play for the Badgers after first committing to North Dakota. Last fall, he decommitted from the Fighting Hawks and ultimately ended up with Wisconsin.

Another ex-Greyhound, 2018 graduate and blueliner Luke LaMaster, also is a future Badger.

• Speaking of North Dakota, that's where former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton standout Westin Michaud is headed, as a senior graduate transfer from Colorado College. Michaud spent four seasons with the Tigers, though the first one was wiped out by injuries. The forward had 13 goals and 17 assists this past winter. Michaud has one year of eligibility remaining.

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