With the 2020-21 season still months out, it’s time to take a look at teams from all over the State of Hockey and examine what happened this past season and what’s ahead. The next team we’re breaking down is Hibbing/Chisholm.
How last season went
The Blue Jackets haven’t had a winning season since 2016, and last year was no different. Hibbing/Chisholm stumbled out of the gate, losing their first nine games, being outscored 49-17 in that stretch. Despite a much better second half, the squad finished 5th in the Iron Range conference with a dismal 4-20 regular-season record.
Entering sections, Hibbing/Chisholm faced the North Shore Storm in a play-in game, a team they had beat twice in the regular season. Unfortunately, that’s where the season came to an end, as the Blue Jackets lost a hard-fought battle 4-3.
Who’s back and who’s gone
Good news for the Blue Jackets is this is a very young program, as they’re only graduating four seniors from last year’s team. Unfortunately, two big names that won’t be with the team next year are Mitchel Ziemba and Vytek Vozhecky. Ziemba, a defenseman led the team in scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists and Vozhecky started 20 games in net recording all 4 of the team’s wins.
Key returners are Joe Allison, Ethan Lund, and Blake Friar. Allison was second in scoring for the Blue Jackets with 7 goals and 22 assists while Lund and Frider finished with a combined 17 goals and 23 assists.
With starting goaltender Vozhecky gone, that most likely means Evan Radovich will be answering the call in net for the coming season. Radovich will begin his senior season with some room to improve, as he posted a 5.81 GAA and .832 SV% from last season
What to expect next season
Hibbing/Chisholm has their work cut out for them if they want to improve in the Iron Range conference and compete in section 7A. If they can build around their top line of forwards and get a bounce-back season from Evan Radovich, it’s possible that the Blue Jackets can turn some heads in the coming year.