St. Cloud State Men’s Hockey Wears Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

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.

See the full photo gallery here.

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My First Time Working in an NHL Arena

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.

The Xcel Energy Center 1/31/2016
The Xcel Energy Center 1/31/2016

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. 12642474_10208508810707377_5293235687356610314_n

Holding the North Star Cup after SCSU won the tournament Sunday 1/31/2016
Holding the North Star Cup after SCSU won the tournament Sunday 1/31/2016

Victory at the North Star Cup Tournament for SCSU

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.

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Mikey Eyssimont took tournament MVP for St. Cloud State. ©Maddie MacFarlane
Mikey Eyssimont took tournament MVP for St. Cloud State. ©Maddie MacFarlane
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More photos on Maddie MacFarlane Photography Facebook

SCSU Men’s Hockey vs. University of Minnesota-Duluth Photo Gallery

St. Cloud State swept UMD at Duluth Jan. 15th and 16th. More photos on Facebook.