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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.

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Hermantown defenseman Ty Hanson works to keep the puck away from Duluth East’s Makoto Sudoh during a game last season that saw Hanson score two of the Hawks' four goals in a 4-1 win. Hanson has verbally committed to play for Minnesota Duluth in the future. (Steve Kuchera / File / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
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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!” 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!”

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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 .

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