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2022 News Tribune All-Area Boys Hockey Team

News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year and UMD recruit Zam Plante headlines the 2022 All-Area Team.

Denfeld delivers a shutout against Hibbing to advance to Section 7A championship game
Connor McClure (18) of Duluth Denfeld skates with the puck against Andrew Lehman (25) of Hibbing/Chisholm on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
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DULUTH — After leading Hermantown to its first state title since 2017, Zam Plante headlines the 2022 All-Area Boys Hockey team.

Plante’s season started with a game-winning goal, but it wasn’t long before an injury sidelined him for more than a month. Despite missing eight games, Plante still led the Hawks with 24 goals and recorded 64 points on the season.

Plante scored two of Hermantown’s three goals in the state championship win over Warroad and is joined on the All-Area first team by teammate fellow Minnesota Duluth recruit Ty Hanson.

It was a magical season for the Hawks after a disappointing end to the 2021 season when nearly the entire varsity team was sidelined because of a COVID-19 exposure in the section tournament.

Other players joining Plante on the All-Area team are younger brother Max Plante as well as Grand Rapids’ Joey DelGreco at first-team forward, Duluth Denfeld’s Connor McClure at first-team forward and Superior’s Trevor Soderlund at second-team goalie.

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FIRST TEAM

Joey DelGreco
Grand Rapids
Senior forward
Grand Rapids' Joey DelGreco
Grand Rapids' Joey DelGreco
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- An All-Lake Superior Conference first team selection, DelGreco led his team in goals and assists and totaled 68 points for the season.
- A Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalist, he scored at least one point in 26 of 28 games for the Thunderhawks.
Ty Hanson
Hermantown
Junior defenseman
Hermantown's Ty Hanson
Hermantown's Ty Hanson
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- A second team All-State selection, Hanson was part of a stingy Hawk defense that allowed just 41 goals in 31 games.
- A Minnesota Duluth commit, he made the play of the tournament for Hermantown when he blocked a shot when goalie Dane Callaway had been pulled out of position.
MORE ON TY HANSON
Ty Hanson, who is heading into his junior year with the Hawks, registered a point in all but three of 20 games last season.
Zam Plante
Hermantown
Junior forward
Hermantown's Zam Plante
Hermantown's Zam Plante
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- A two-time All-State selection, Plante led the Hawks with 24 goals en route to the Class A state championship.
- The Minnesota Duluth recruit finished with 64 total points in 2022, despite missing more than a month due to injury.
MORE ABOUT ZAM PLANTE
The Hermantown junior battled through an early-season injury to return to the state tournament and bring the Hawks their first championship since 2017.
The severity of the injury will be unknown until an MRI next week, but the Hawks forward hopes to be back in January.
The oldest of Derek Plante’s three boys, Zam Plante, announced Sunday he’ll be following in his father’s footsteps and heading to Minnesota Duluth to play college hockey.
Connor McClure
Duluth Denfeld
Senior forward
Duluth Denfeld's Connor McClure
Duluth Denfeld's Connor McClure
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- Selected to the All-Lake Superior Conference first team, McClure led the Hunters to their third consecutive Section 7A championship game.
- A "dynamic offensive talent," according to coach Dale Jago, McClure was the Hunters' top scorer with 26 goals and 31 assists.
Easton Young
Grand Rapids
Senior defenseman
Grand Rapids' Easton Young
Grand Rapids' Easton Young
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- The All-Lake Superior Conference first team selection led a defense that allowed just 2.17 goals per game.
- Was second on the team with 37 assists and 50 total points.
Sam Johnson
Proctor
Senior goaltender
Proctor's Sam Johnson
Proctor's Sam Johnson
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- The All-Lake Superior Conference first team selection made 470 saves this season while splitting time in net with junior Blake Imhoff and sophomore A.J. Reyelts.
- The Rails’ captain had a .918 save percentage, saw “a lot of quality shots” and did “a really good job keeping us in just about every game,” according to Proctor coach Jeff Laspi.

SECOND TEAM

Max Plante
Hermantown
Sophomore defenseman
Hermantown's Max Plante
Hermantown's Max Plante
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune
- In his first year on the varsity squad, Plante led the team with 54 assists and 72 points after stepping into the Hawks' top line when brother Zam was injured for more than a month.
- Is one of 23 players selected to take part in USA Hockey’s National Team Development program and named to the boys U.S. National Under-17 team for the 2022-23 season.
MORE ABOUT MAX PLANTE
Plante led the Hawks in scoring in 2021-22 as a sophomore, helping the program win the Class A state championship.
After Hawks’ center Zam Plante hurt his shoulder, younger brother Max has stepped into Zam’s shoes and has nine assists in six games since the injury.
Beau Janzig
Hermantown
Senior defenseman
Hermantown's Beau Janzig
Hermantown's Beau Janzig
Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune
- Anchored a defense that was among the best in Minnesota and allowed just 41 goals in 31 games.
- Scored seven goals, including both regulation goals in an overtime win at Grand Rapids, with coach Pat Andrews saying, “you can’t tell me he’s not a Division I hockey player.”
Andy Larson
Duluth Denfeld
Junior forward
Duluth Denfeld's Andy Larson
Duluth Denfeld's Andy Larson
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- Recorded 14 total points in a three-game stretch in December, including two hat tricks, and has “great hockey sense and awareness in every zone,” according to coach Dale Jago.
- Larson was second on the Hunters with 30 assists and 53 total points and is “just on the verge of becoming something really special,” according to Jago.
MORE ABOUT ANDY LARSON
The Hunters junior scored four goals and had an assist in a win over Anoka.
Ren Morque
Grand Rapids
Senior defenseman
Grand Rapids' Ren Morque
Grand Rapids' Ren Morque
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- An All-Lake Superior Conference second team selection, Morque had 26 assists and 34 points.
- Part of a defense that allowed just 62 goals in 28 games and made it to the Section 7AA final for the second straight year.
Garrett Drotts
Grand Rapids
Senior forward
Grand Rapids' Garrett Drotts
Grand Rapids' Garrett Drotts
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- Was named to the All-Lake Superior Conference first team after recording 48 points.
- His 23 goals were second on the team to Mr. Hockey finalist Joey DelGreco.
Spartan goalie Trevor Soderlund made 41 saves in the loss.
Trevor Soderlund
Superior
Senior goaltender
Superior's Trevor Soderlund
Superior's Trevor Soderlund
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- The Spartans’ team MVP, Soderlund recorded a .908 save percentage while facing 776 shots this season, a total “nobody was even close to in our area,” according to coach Jason Kalin.
- Garnered 2.86 goals against average while leading Superior to the regional finals.
MORE ABOUT TREVOR SODERLUND
Senior-laden group opens playoffs with shutout of Tomah/Sparta; next up: second-seeded Old Abes.
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