This is a big offseason for Blake Lizotte on a lot of fronts. The former St. Cloud State All-American center is a restricted free agent after spending the last two full seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. He also recently got engaged, will get married this summer and is in the market for a house. Lizotte takes a break from all of that to discuss watching his former teammates play in the national championship game and takes us through his tough decisions from Chisago Lakes High School to the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL to the Fargo Force of the USHL to St. Cloud State and signing his first contract with the Kings. All of this and more on this episode.
Defenseman Jimmy Schuldt talks about his unique second season of pro hockey, playing for the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League with a number of restrictions because of the lingering pandemic. The Silver Knights are playing a modified playoffs in a three-game series for the Pacific Division title against Bakersfield. Schuldt talks about his development, discusses his time at St. Cloud State, what it was like to see the Huskies reach the NCAA Division I championship game, gives scouting reports on former Minnetonka stars Joe Molenaar and Josh Luedtke and more in this episode.
Mick Hatten finally gave in and did a podcast with @GOHUSKIESWOOOOO. Some of the reason for the initial apprehension for Hatten was because the two had actually never spoken to one another, despite Twitter direct messaging since 2013 when he started his account. So there's some getting to know one another on this podcast, but we also go through a lot of St. Cloud State men's hockey history, answer some Twitter questions and give Huskies fans some things to think about. To use a term that @GOHUSKIESWOOOOO would use, grab several victory drinks and take a listen.
Since the first season of the NCHC in 2013-14, the conference has established itself as arguably the most consistently outstanding of the six in NCAA Division I men's hockey.
The eight-team conference has had at least one team reach the national championship game in each of the last five seasons that there has been an NCAA tournament and won four national titles. In the eight seasons that the Frozen Four has taken place since the NCHC began, the conference has had 12 teams make the Frozen Four.
For comparison, in that span, Hockey East has had seven teams reach the Frozen Four, the Big Ten has had five, the ECAC three and the WCHA one.
During an #AskWellensAnything for the weekly Bulldog Insider Newsletter, a reader submitted a question to Matt Wellens of the Duluth News-Tribune and The Rink Live, asking him to pick an All-NCHC team for the first eight seasons and also to pick an All-UMD team in that span. Wellens reached out and asked me to do the same and pick an All-SCSU team.
My All-NCHC team ended up being heavily influenced by the four teams that have dominated the conference: Denver, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota and St. Cloud State. Those four teams have combined to win five of the seven NCHC Frozen Faceoff titles and all eight of the NCHC Penrose Cup (regular season) titles.
Josh Luedtke decided to go back to his second full season of junior hockey and the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. Luedtke, a 20-year-old defenseman from Minnetonka, Minn., was the captain of the Buccaneers and had 18 assists, 22 points 59 penalty minutes and was a plus-12 in 48 games. Luedtke talks about his season, knowing Huskies freshman forward Joe Molenaar since squirt hockey, playing lacrosse and more with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.
The Rink Live's Mick Hatten interviews players and coaches and helps you find out more about the personalities and behind the St. Cloud State men's and women's hockey teams. We also cover some of the hot topics of the day in college hockey.