A Northland native will once again captain the Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team in 2017-18.
Senior-to-be Karson Kuhlman, a wing out of Esko, will captain the Bulldogs next season after serving as an assistant captain in 2016-17 as a junior. He’s the lone returning captain from the 2016-17 squad that won the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship and played for a national title at the NCAA Frozen Four in Chicago.
Hibbing native Adam Johnson and Parker Mackay from Irma, Alberta, will serve as assistant captains. Both are junior forwards.
Kuhlman is a versatile, all-around player — much like the last person to wear the ‘C’ at UMD, center Dominic Toninato of Duluth. Kuhlman, the former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lumberjack, tallied six goals and 16 assists as a junior.
Johnson is the Bulldogs’ top returning scorer having posted 18 goals and 19 assists as a sophomore, playing wing, center and even a game on defense a year ago.
Mackay, the cousin of former UMD alternate captain Carson Soucy, had eight goals and four assists after missing 10 games last year due to injury.
The 2017-18 season will be the fifth year in a row a Northland native has wore the ‘C’ for the Bulldogs following Toninato (16-17), Andy Welinski out of Duluth East (15-16), and Adam Krause of Hermantown (13-14, 14-15), who shared the ‘C’ with Joe Basaraba in 2013-14. Jack Connolly out of Duluth Marshall wore the ‘C’ in 2011-12.