ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Brookings Blizzard of the North American Hockey League are considering a move from South Dakota to St. Cloud. Chris Canavati, the owner of the Tier II junior team, said in an email that the team made a formal request on May 1 to the NAHL for team relocation. On Friday, May 17, Canavati said in the email that the NAHL Board of Governors gave conditional approval for the request. Canavati also said that he expects a formal announcement on the decision about the move next week.
NEVIS, Minn. — Chase Brand has had to deal with a decent range of hockey experiences since he decided to play junior hockey after his junior year at Park Rapids High School. Brand has been released, benched, traded, made a commitment to a college team and then had that team's coaching staff all get let go by the university. So when Brand decided to de-commit from Miami University this spring and he found himself in demand, it was a bit of a shock to the system of the 20-year-old from Nevis, Minn.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Add one more time that Scott Sandelin and Brett Larson will be working together. Sandelin was named head coach for Team USA that will compete in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships on April 16. On Wednesday, April 24, Sandelin named his four assistant coaches for the team and Larson will be one of them. Larson was an assistant coach for Sandelin at Minnesota Duluth for two stints (2008-11 and 2015-18) before being named St. Cloud State's head coach a year ago.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It was not a shocker. St. Cloud State's Jimmy Schuldt was on the stage with Harvard's Adam Fox and Massachusetts' Cale Makar on Friday, April 12, at the HarborCenter. The trio of defensemen were the finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is given annually to the nation's top men's hockey player.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Jon Lizotte did not have NCAA Division I men's hockey programs knocking his door down when he was playing defense for Grand Forks Red River High School. It took until his second full season of junior hockey with the Minot Minotauros of the Tier II North American Hockey League before any serious discussions began to take place ... and he ended up being a recruited walk-on for St. Cloud State University.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If Jacob Benson keeps a travel log, here is an entry he won't soon forget. Benson, who recently completed his eligibility with the St. Cloud State men's hockey team, made his professional hockey debut Tuesday, April 2, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. He played center and had three shots on goal and a minor penalty in a 2-0 loss for the Jacksonville Icemen in an ECHL game. The ECHL is the hockey equivalent of Class AA minor league baseball and Jacksonville is affiliated with the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.
FARGO, N.D. -- Ryan Poehling practiced with the St. Cloud State men's hockey team Thursday, March 28, and passed along a good report on how he is feeling and his status for Friday's NCAA Division I West Regional game against American International. "I feel great and my neck and back feel better," he said. "Once you get going, everything kind of loosens up, which is nice. I feel fine and I'm ready to go (Friday). "For me to pass the test and get the doctor's OK was the biggest thing. It's nice that I finally did."
FARGO, N.D. -- When Spencer Meier committed to play for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team in 2017, he was excited on a number of levels. Meier is from nearby Sartell, Minn., and grew up watching the Huskies, becoming friends with former St. Cloud State player John Swanson. But he was also committing to a team that had received a verbal pledge from Brendan Bushy of Thief River Falls the year before. Wait, why would Meier be excited about playing with a defensive-minded defenseman who grew up about a four-hour drive away from him?
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- For a guy from Lindstrom, Minn., Blake Lizotte has spent a lot of time playing hockey in the state of North Dakota. No, he is not on the roster at the University of North Dakota. Lizotte, a sophomore at St. Cloud State, played one season playing junior hockey in the North American Hockey League with the Minot Minotauros and two seasons playing for the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Scheels Arena in Fargo has a distinction like no other rink for Nick Oliver. "My last ever junior game was played in that building and my last ever college game was played in that building," he said. "Both were tough, emotional losses, especially my senior year (of college), losing to North Dakota to go to the Frozen Four. That was difficult."