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Six Raiders all-state hockey

Junior Cole Danielson (21) is one of six Raiders named to the 2017-18 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State Team. Danielson was named to the all-state first team after receiving honorable mention as a sophomore. File photo. 1 / 2
Senior Grady Gornick earned honorable mention to the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State Team for the second straight season. File photo 2 / 2

Two-time state champion Hudson was well-represented on the 2017-18 Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State team released last week with six players named to the squad, including repeat selections Cole Danielson and Grady Gornick.

Danielson was named to the all-state first team as a junior after receiving honorable mention a year ago while Gornick earned honorable mention honors for the second straight season.

Joining Danielson on the first team were senior Jordon Halverson and junior goalie AJ Cohen while senior Ben Lundeen and senior Jack Flattum received honorable mention.

All six players were previously named to the 2017-18 All-Big Rivers Conference Team.

Danielson was one of 12 forwards named to the WHCA All-State First Team after tallying 15 goals and 15 assists during the regular season. He went on to lead all scorers at the state tournament with five goals on his way to being named tournament MVP.

Halverson, the 2017-18 BRC Player of the Year, dished out a team-high 28 assists from his blue line position and tallied 10 goals during the regular season and playoffs to earn one of the eight defenseman spots on the WHCA All-State First Team.

Cohen was one of four goalies to earn first team all-state honors after posting a record of 19-1-1 during the regular season with eight shutouts, a 1.12 goals against average and .940 save percentage. He went on to go 6-0 in the postseason with a 0.84 goals against average and .957 save percentage.

Gornick earned honorable mention all-state honors at forward for the second straight year after registering 13 goals and 21 assists during the regular season and playoffs while Lundeen led the Raiders in scoring with 21 goals and 20 assists in 30 total games. Flattum added 12 goals and 13 assists to earn honorable mention on the blue line.

Hudson ended the season with a record of 28-1-1 to become the first team to win back-to-back state championships since Superior won three titles from 1993-95. This year's title was the fourth overall for Hudson with the others coming in 2001, 2004 and 2017.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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