The transfers are only the tiniest tip of the iceberg. Hermantown needs to move up because:
2016-beat AA champ Wayzata
2017-beat AA champ GR
2018-played AA champ Tonka tough in 5-3 loss
2019-tied undefeated AA favorite Tonka
They play and compete well at AA all throughout youth hockey.
They play a AA-heavy HS schedule.
Have gone to state 9 years in a row, including 8 straight A title games, and have 3 A titles in the last 11 years, which would have been several more had a certain metro private not been sandbagging at an even higher level. They have nothing left to accomplish in Class A.
They are a suburban school in a metro area who gets plenty of open enrollees and transfers.
The grand patriarch of their program (Plante) complained publicly on a yearly basis about how metro teams that get kids from all over shouldn't be in Class A beating up on small community teams. Many hawk fans and parents said the same thing.
Mark Parrish, Lou Nanne, and Mike McGraw have all stated on TV that Hermantown should move up to AA.
Hermantown's current head coach has stated publicly that they should be in AA.
The players deserve the opportunity to compete against teams of their same caliber in the postseason, not just during regular season and in youth hockey.
Moving to AA is a promotion, not a penalty.