SCSU wore pink jerseys for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Junior forward Robby Jackson skates the puck into SCSU’s offensive zone
Jacob Benson scores to put SCSU up 3-2
SCSU defenseman Luke Jaycox
SCSU head coach Bob Motzko participated in the pink themed evening
Timeout on the SCSU bench
Ryan Poehling ties the game 4-4
Nick Poehling with the OT winner
The bench erupts as SCSU wins in OT
SCSU wins in OT
Jerseys were auctioned off and given out following the game
St. Cloud State University‘s men’s hockey team participated in a Pink The Rink game this past Saturday, October 14. The team played in pink jerseys and held a jersey auction in an effort to help raise awareness and funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Central Minnesota in 2017.
The Huskies swept their weekend series against the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a 5-4 OT win on Saturday. It was sophomore forward Nick Poehling with the overtime winner.
Over the weekend (Jan. 30-31, 2016), I had my first taste of what working in the rink of a National Hockey League team might be like. St. Cloud State participated in the North Star College Cup at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN (typically host to the Minnesota Wild), and as a team photographer I had the opportunity to cover the event.
It was a wonderful, but unexpectedly overwhelming experience. The week leading up to the event I had some nerves, but mostly was excited to be alongside my team for just another set of hockey games. Personally, I enjoy shooting road games more than any others throughout the season, and have felt that way since my first season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL. With Dubuque, I would ride the team bus with players and coaches to nearby Iowa arenas. During these times, more than any, is when I truly felt like I was part of the team. It is difficult to describe, because I am not a player, I’m just a photographer, but the hockey community and the teams I have worked for over the years have become only what I can define as a family. On road games, it’s just me and the team/staff hanging out, without any of the home-rink drama or craziness. I could go on for days with all of the things I love about the sport of hockey, the people I’ve met because of it, and the memories it has given me. And I am so grateful for all of it.
For the past year or so my “thing” has been #NHLbound, meaning I am (hopefully) on my way to a career working for a professional hockey team in the NHL. I have been in NHL rinks before, but only to watch games, never to work or cover an event. Walking through the halls of the pressbox and underneath the stands of the rink, the same halls where hockey professionals have worked day in and day out for many seasons (since the opening of the Xcel Center in 2000) was an unreal rush of emotion for me. I had a full on panic attack, shaking and sweating, my mind going a thousand miles a minute, while simultaneously feeling unbelievably happy and inspired to just be standing where I was.
I want this so badly, more than anything. To work in the NHL is my dream, and being in that rink just made the dream feel one step closer.
The St. Cloud State men’s hockey team won the 2016 North Star College Cup Sunday, January 31. The team advanced to the final game when they defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 5-4 Saturday afternoon, and SCSU took down Bemidji State 5-2 Sunday. The North Star College Cup is an annual tournament held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN in which the Minnesota Division-I college hockey programs compete against each other. SCSU sat out of the tournament last year, so the team was excited to return in full force.