Hermantown High School scoring leader Adam Krause, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior center this fall, made an oral commitment Tuesday to Minnesota Duluth for 2011-12.
Krause, 17, had 26 goals and 30 assists for 56 points in 28 games in 2008-09 as a junior as Hermantown went 24-4, losing to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 5A title game. In his first varsity season, as a sophomore, he had 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points in 27 games.
"Adam is a creative, attacking player," Hermantown coach Bruce Plante said Wednesday. "He’s an excellent all-around offensive player who ranks right up there with the best that we’ve had. He has all the ingredients to be a good Division I player and beyond."
Krause, an A student, who also plays baseball at Hermantown, will compete for the North team in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League this fall before the high school season, and play for Hermantown in 2009-10 and then play a year in junior hockey in 2010-11 before joining UMD. He’s generated interest from NHL teams heading to the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, said Plante.
"In the back of my mind, I’ve always wanted UMD to talk to me about playing hockey. It’s the team I’ve grown up watching and the team I wanted to impress," Krause said Wednesday. "It’s a first-class program with first-class facilities with their new rink in another year. I talked with other schools [most notably Bemidji State], but I was honest with them. They all knew I knew I was interested in UMD."
Hermantown was represented on last season’s UMD roster by forwards Nick Kemp and Kyle Schmidt, and defenseman Chad Huttel. Kemp was a senior, while Schmidt and Huttel will be juniors this fall.
Krause’s brother, Joe, 19, a member of Hermantown’s 2007 Class A championship team, is a forward with Fairbanks, Alaska, in the North American Hockey League.