A trio of players with local ties have helped the Huskies get to PittsburghFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- There are four new kids on the block at this year's Frozen Four, all first timers at the event. St Cloud State is one of the newcomers and as Jody Norstedt tells us a trio of players with local ties have helped the Huskies get to Pittsburgh.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- There are four new kids on the block at this year's Frozen Four, all first timers at the event. St Cloud State is one of the newcomers and as Jody Norstedt tells us a trio of players with local ties have helped the Huskies get to Pittsburgh.
When it comes to college hockey fans in the Red River Valley, you can almost bet that they're wearing black and green or maroon and gold. But, some St. Cloud State players are hoping this Frozen Four run will change some of that.
Nick Oliver- SCSU So. Forward (Roseau): “I'm doing my best to convert some of my buddies from back home in Roseau to Husky fans as I can.”
Garrett Raboin- SCSU Ass. Coach (Detroit Lakes): “The emails I've gotten from my old football coaches and even a few UND fans mixed in there. They're all rooting for us.”
Garrett Raboin is happy to be wearing red again, the Detroit Lakes native finished his playing career at St. Cloud State in 2010, now he's back as an assistant coach.
Raboin: “We just had a good relationship and it has been great to come back.”
The city of Roseau knows a thing or two about hockey, just ask Husky forward Nick Oliver.
Oliver: “You're always at the rink and you're always spending time together.”
And your always trying to win titles, something Oliver is hoping to do this weekend.
Oliver: “You play the game to win championships. Anytime that I'm able to represent the community of Roseau I try to do it to the best of my ability.”
Bob Motzko- SCSU Head Coach: “Everywhere that he's ever been, his team's have been successful. All of the sudden this year he's becoming more of a vocal leader for us and a standup guy in the locker room.”
Oliver also played with the Fargo Force, and so did this guy.
Jonny Brodzinski has shot his way into the record books at SCSU. His 22 goals this winter lead all rookies across the country, and his time with the Force has had a lot to do with it.
Jonny Brodzinski- SCSU Fr. Forward (Blaine): “Just growing up playing high school hockey. It seems that the game just slows down. Picking it up in Fargo everything is quick and everything is rapid. You have to make decisions quicker.”
And now the lifetime Husky fan has a chance to bring home the program's first national title.
Brodzinski: “You know, these people haven't seen one of these yet. It would be something that would be here forever and something that would be very special for this program.”
The Huskies will play Quinnipiac in the 2nd game on Thursday night at 7 o'clock. The championship game is Saturday night.