UMD men's hockey: Hermantown defenseman Hanson commits to Bulldogs
Ty Hanson, who is heading into his junior year with the Hawks, registered a point in all but three of 20 games last season.
Minnesota Duluth picked up its third verbal commitment of the month and second from the Hermantown High School Class of 2023 on Wednesday in defenseman Ty Hanson.
The 16-year-old, who is heading into his junior season with the Hawks, announced his commitment on Twitter , along with a picture of him as a little tyke — estimated to be either 2 or 3 years old — wearing a Bulldogs jersey and holding a UMD hockey stick.
I am proud to announce my commitment to continue my athletic and education career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth! I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and everyone else who has helped me achieve my dream of playing Division 1 hockey at UMD! #godogs🐶 pic.twitter.com/TBmXAR1G4X— Ty Hanson (@TyHanson13) August 11, 2021
“I am proud to announce my commitment to continue my athletic and education career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth!” Hanson tweeted . “I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and everyone else who has helped me achieve my dream of playing Division I hockey at UMD!”
Hanson is coming off a sophomore season in which he posted nine goals and 20 assists from the Hawks’ blue line. He registered points in all but three of his 20 games last season .
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound defenseman is the third Hermantown native now in the Bulldogs recruiting pipeline along with 2020-21 teammates Joey Pierce and Zam Plante. Pierce, a defenseman, graduated from Hermantown in the spring and will join the Bulldogs, likely in 2022-23. Like Hanson, Plante is heading into his junior year with the Hawks.
UMD is expecting to have three former Hawks on its roster in 2021-22 in sophomores Darian Gotz and Blake Biondi, and senior Jesse Jacques.
Aug. 1 was the first day rising high school juniors could begin receiving and accepting verbal offers from NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs. Plante announced his commitment to UMD that morning and Warroad center Jayson Shaugabay committed to the Bulldogs on Aug. 2 .