|St. Cloud State Huskies men's ice hockey|
|University||St. Cloud State University|
|Head coach||Brett Larson|
6th season, 106–60–16 (.626)
|Arena||Herb Brooks National Hockey Center|
St. Cloud, Minnesota
|Student section||Dog Pound|
|Colors||Cardinal and black|
|NCAA Tournament Runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1989, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023|
|Conference Tournament championships|
NCHC: 2016, 2023
|Conference regular season championships|
NCHC: 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19
The St. Cloud State Huskies men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents St. Cloud State University. The Huskies are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. They play at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Formation and war years
St. Cloud State Teachers College founded its varsity ice hockey program in 1931, joining several other Minnesota-based schools. After an expectedly poor first season, St. Cloud began dominating their competition under Ludwig Andolsek, the team's second head coach. During the third year, a freshman named Frank Brimsek served as the team's starter. Brimsek was so spectacular in goal that he left after just one season and began a professional career, a rarity for college players at the time. While Brimsek would go on to have a Hall of Fame career, the Huskies didn't appear to miss him and went 25–2 in 1935, posting the best record in the nation. However, because only one of their games was played against a fellow institution, the Huskies weren't considered for the intercollegiate championship.
Andolsek left after his third season and the team struggled in his absence. In the seven years that followed, the team hovered around .500 and were relegated to secondary status. In 1942, due to the United States entry into World War II, St. Cloud suspended many of its athletic programs, which included the ice hockey team. The program was restarted after the war and saw some success, however, because the program was not a member of any conference, the Huskies were occasionally hamstrung by a lack of playing time.
Wink and Basch
In 1956, After going through six different head coaches in ten years, the team hired Jack Wink. The new bench boss stabilized the program and led the Huskies to stellar records in the early-60's. The team finished the 1962 season undefeated but, as had happened a decade earlier, a reduced schedule following those highs caused the team to fall on hard times by the late-60's. After successive 1-win seasons, Wink was replaced by Charlie Basch who set about a steady rebuild for the program.
Basch took almost twice as long as Wink had to turn the Huskies in consistent winners. Once he did, however, he was able to keep them at the top of their game for much longer. In 1978, the NCAA began sponsoring a Division II tournament. Because St. Cloud was one of the few western teams that did not participate in the NAIA Championship, they were invited to participate in a Western Championship Tournament, which would determine which two teams received bids. St. Cloud State played in the WCT for the first four years of its existence, unfortunately they were never able to win a single match and never received an invitation to the actual tournament.
In 1980, the Huskies finally ended their long run as an independent and helped found the NCHA. Poor results in conference play prevented the team from having a chance at an NCAA bid, a trend that continued as almost all Division II programs dropped down to Division III in 1984.
Swift climb to D-I
John Perpich took over for Basch in 1984 and led the team through two mediocre seasons before the athletic department decided to raise the profile of the program. Perpich stepped aside and allowed legendary Minnesota coach Herb Brooks to take over in 1986. News of the move spurred several prospects to join the program, including NHL draft picks Tony Schmalzbauer and Shorty Forrest. The Huskies went on to win the program's first conference title (tied) and the first conference tournament ever played by the NCHA. Brooks' team was one of the favorites for the national championship despite being a debutant but they were stymied by Oswego State and ended up 3rd in 1987.
Brooks left after the year to return to the NHL, but his time with the team had been a success. The very next year, St. Cloud promoted the program to Division I with Brooks' assistant, Craig Dahl taking over. The Huskies continued their rapid ascent with a winning record in 1989 and, due in part to the NCAA's policy of including a non-tradition team in the tournament at the time, St. Cloud made its first appearance in the D-I tournament in 1989.
After three years as an independent, St. Cloud joined the WCHA in 1990. Widely regarded as the best conference at the time, the WCHA made it difficult for St. Cloud to compete for a further NCAA bid. In spite of the tough opposition, the Huskies thrived in their new conference and routinely finished in the top half of the standings. There were several near-misses for championships and tournament bids but, at the end of the 20th century, the Huskies finally returned to the national tournament. In three consecutive years, St. Cloud made the NCAA tournament but lost each game they played. The program then declined for a few years and Dahl stepped down after the 2005 season.
Bob Motzko, an alumnus of the team, took over and swiftly turned the team's fortunes. In his first five seasons he got the Huskies to appear in two WCHA championship games. Though he lost both, he was able to get the Huskies their first win in NCAA tournament play. Three years later, Motzko led the team to its first WCHA regular season title and led the Huskies to the Frozen Four.
After the deep playoff run, St. Cloud State joined with seven other schools to form the NCHC in response to the Big Ten Conference joining the ice hockey ranks. The new league was built around traditional powerhouses and the Huskies looked right at home, winning the inaugural regular season title. Under Motzko, St. Cloud continued as one of the top teams in the conference, receiving 4 NCAA bids over a five-year span. In 2018, St. Cloud was the #1 team in the nation as it began the tournament but were upset in the first game by Air force.
Motzko left after the year to take over at in-state rival Minnesota and he was replaced by Brett Larson. The Huskies only seemed to get better under their new coach and were again the top-seeded team in 2019. Despite dominating play for most of their opening match, the Huskies were again felled by the lowest-seeded team. After a down year that was curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Cloud returned with a strong 2021 and reached the championship game for the first time in its history.
Records vs. current NCHC teams
|School||Team||Away Arena||Overall record||Win %||Last Result|
|Colorado College||Tigers||Broadmoor World Arena||63–53–9||.500||3-0 W|
|University of Denver||Pioneers||Magness Arena||51–57–6||.474||2-0 W|
|Miami University||RedHawks||Goggin Ice Center||30–19–6||.600||1-1 T|
|University of Minnesota Duluth||Bulldogs||AMSOIL Arena||79–61–10||.560||3-1 W|
|University of Nebraska Omaha||Mavericks||Baxter Arena||28–16–2||.630||2-6 L|
|University of North Dakota||Fighting Hawks||Ralph Engelstad Arena||49–79–17||.397||3-2 OTW|
|Western Michigan University||Broncos||Lawson Arena||18–13–5||.569||4-1 W|
As of the completion of 2022–23 season
|1946–1950, 1951–1952||Roland Vandell||5||39–25–2||.606|
|Totals||18 coaches||88 seasons||1175–934–137||.554|
As of September 27, 2023.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Class||Pos||Height||Weight||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||NHL rights|
|1||James Gray||Freshman (RS)||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2002-05-24||Toronto, Ontario||North York (OJHL)||—|
|2||Karl Falk||Junior||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||2000-01-20||Västerås, Sweden||Alaska (NCAA)||—|
|4||Dylan Anhorn||Graduate||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-01-21||Calgary, Alberta||Union (ECAC)||—|
|5||Warren Clark||Freshman||D||6' 3" (1.91 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2004-08-31||Riverside, Ontario||Steinbach (MJHL)||TBL, 179th overall 2023|
|6||Mason Reiners||Sophomore||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2001-05-03||Edina, Minnesota||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|7||Jack Reimann||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2002-10-10||Ham Lake, Minnesota||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|8||Tynan Ewart||Freshman||D||6' 0" (1.83 m)||186 lb (84 kg)||2002-02-26||Duncan, British Columbia||Battlefords (SJHL)||—|
|10||Kyler Kupka||Graduate||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||1999-05-11||Camrose, Alberta||Camrose (AJHL)||—|
|11||Grant Ahcan||Sophomore||F||5' 10" (1.78 m)||160 lb (73 kg)||2002-05-18||Savage, Minnesota||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|12||Ryan Rosborough||Sophomore (RS)||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2000-05-24||Mt. Brydges, Ontario||South Shore (NCDC)||—|
|13||Tyson Gross||Freshman||F||6' 3" (1.91 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2002-09-23||Calgary, Alberta||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|14||Zach Okabe||Graduate||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||2001-01-04||Okotoks, Alberta||Grande Prairie (AJHL)||—|
|15||Barrett Hall||Freshman||F||6' 0" (1.83 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||2003-12-29||Apple Valley, Minnesota||Green Bay (USHL)||SEA, 164th overall 2022|
|16||Mason Salquist||Junior||F||5' 8" (1.73 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||2000-03-21||Grand Forks, North Dakota||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|17||Ethan AuCoin||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||170 lb (77 kg)||2002-08-10||Calgary, Alberta||Lloydminster (AJHL)||—|
|18||Nick Portz||Junior||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||2000-05-15||St. Cloud, Minnesota||North Dakota (NCHC)||—|
|19||Verner Miettinen||Freshman||F||5' 11" (1.8 m)||172 lb (78 kg)||2003-04-07||Espoo, Finland||Fargo (USHL)||—|
|20||Jack Rogers||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||190 lb (86 kg)||2002-09-23||East Northport, New York||Steinbach (MJHL)||—|
|21||Josh Luedtke||Junior||D||5' 9" (1.75 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2000-09-29||Minnetonka, Minnesota||Des Moines (USHL)||—|
|22||Joe Molenaar||Senior||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||1999-10-16||Minnetonka, Minnesota||Cedar Rapids (USHL)||—|
|23||Jack Peart||Junior||D||5' 11" (1.8 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2003-05-15||Grand Rapids, Minnesota||Grand Rapids (USHS–MN)||MIN, 54th overall 2021|
|26||Cooper Wylie||Sophomore||D||6' 1" (1.85 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||2001-10-26||Stillwater, Minnesota||Waterloo (USHL)||—|
|27||Kaleb Tiessen||Freshman||D||6' 5" (1.96 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||2002-06-03||Leamington, Ontario||Maryland (NAHL)||—|
|29||Veeti Miettinen||Senior||F||5' 9" (1.75 m)||160 lb (73 kg)||2001-09-20||Espoo, Finland||Kiekko-Espoo (Nuorten SM-liiga)||TOR, 168th overall 2020|
|30||Isak Posch||Freshman||G||6' 3" (1.91 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||2002-01-03||Umeå, Sweden||Minnesota (NAHL)||—|
|31||Dominic Basse||Senior||G||6' 6" (1.98 m)||185 lb (84 kg)||2001-04-22||Alexandria, Virginia||Colorado College (USHL)||CHI, 167th overall 2019|
|34||Adam Ingram||Sophomore||F||6' 1" (1.85 m)||175 lb (79 kg)||2003-10-14||West St. Paul, Manitoba||Youngstown (USHL)||NSH, 82nd overall 2022|
Career points leaders
Career goaltending leaders
Minimum 30 games
Statistics current through the start of the 2020-21 season.
Awards and honors
Hockey Hall of Fame
United States Hockey Hall of Fame
- 1993-94: Kelly Hultgren, D
- 1994-95: Kelly Hultgren, D
- 1996-97: Dave Paradise, F; Matt Cullen, F
- 1997-98: Brian Leitza, G
- 1999-00: Scott Meyer, G; Tyler Arnason, F
- 2000-01: Duvie Wescott, D
- 2001-02: Dean Weasler, G; Nate DiCasmirro, F
- 2007-08: Andreas Nödl, F; Garrett Roe, F
- 2008-09: Garrett Raboin, D
- 2009-10: Ryan Lasch, F
This is a list of St. Cloud State alumni were a part of an Olympic team.
|Name||Position||St. Cloud State Tenure||Team||Year||Finish|
|Bret Hedican||Defenseman||1988–1991||USA||1992, 2006||4th, 8th|
|Mark Parrish||Right Wing||1995–1997||USA||2006||8th|
|Ryan Malone||Left Wing||1999–2003||USA||2010||Silver|
|Garrett Roe||Left Wing||2007–2011||USA||2018||7th|
|Sam Hentges||Left Wing||2018–Present||USA||2022||5th|
|Patrick Russell||Right Wing||2013–2015||DEN||2022||7th|
As of July 1, 2023
|= NHL All-Star team||= NHL All-Star||= NHL All-Star and NHL All-Star team||= Hall of Famers|
- "SCSU Colors and Logo usage rules". Retrieved September 10, 2016.
- Myers, Jess (March 20, 2010). "WCHA: SCSU, NoDak win; Roe injury a scare". Inside College Hockey. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
- "National Hockey Center". St. Cloud State University. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
- "St. Cloud State Huskies Men's Hockey 2020-21 Media Guide". St. Cloud State Huskies. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
- "2023-24 Men's Hockey Roster". St. Cloud State Huskies. Retrieved September 27, 2023.
- "Legends of Hockey". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
- "United States Hockey Hall of Fame". Hockey Central.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
- Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.
- "Alumni report for St. Cloud State". Hockey DB. Retrieved October 30, 2019.