Esko, Minn. native Karson Kuhlman said he really didn't think about being captain of the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team until it was announced.
With the season starting Friday, though, it's quickly becoming real.
"It's awesome. I didn't really think too much off it until this offseason, but it's great," he said.
Kuhlman is the fourth straight Northland native to wear the 'C' for the Bulldogs, following Duluth, Minn. natives Dominic Toninato and Andy Welinski as well as Hermantown, Minn. native Adam Krause.
He says those three have provided great groundwork, and he just has to pick up where they left off.
I've been fortunate with three guys, and they happened to be local guys," Kuhlman said, "that I've spent a lot of time with during the season and out of it, too. I can really draw on a lot of the experiences from them."
UMD head coach Scott Sandelin said he's happy to see so many area guys taking leadership roles within his program.
"It's good, it means recruiting high character guys," he said. "I just hope it doesn't affect Karson. He takes things to the heart and wears his feelings on the heart. He's just got to go play. He's very deserving of that honor.
UMD opens the season Friday night against in-state rival Minnesota as part of the 2017 Icebreaker Tournament.