R.J. Enga was born in Germany, where his father was stationed in the U.S. Air Force, and he speaks fluent German and played a lot of soccer in his early years. When his family moved to Colorado Springs, he went to an Air Force hockey game, fell in love with hockey and started playing. He went on to play soccer, hockey and baseball for Culver Military Academy (Ind.) before playing hockey for Colorado College (1991-95) and then professionally until 2007. Enga coached in the NAHL for the Topeka Roadrunners and in the USHL for the Chicago Steel before being an assistant coach at Colorado College from 2014-21. A conversation on the 3.3 degrees of separation in hockey with the St. Cloud State men's hockey team's new director of operations and video coordinator.
Since finishing his career with St. Cloud State in 2019, Jacob Benson has played in the ECHL for Jacksonville and Tulsa and the majority of the last two seasons for the Knoxville Ice Bears in the Southern Professional Hockey League. He led the SPHL in scoring last season and recently signed a contract to play for the Fife Flyers (Scotland) in the Elite Ice Hockey League (Great Britain). Benson talks about his time in the minors and then takes a look at his Huskies teammates from 2015-19 and tells you who was the the best cook, biggest neat freak, funniest, most intense, most laid back, loudest, quietest and most underrated and a surprise category with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.
As promised in an earlier podcast, former St. Cloud State captain Jimmy Schuldt makes a return appearance to the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast. Schuldt talks about his time with the Black Aces for the Vegas Golden Knights, becoming a free agent and then takes a look at his Huskies teammates from 2015-19 and tells you who was the the best cook, biggest neat freak, funniest, most intense, most laid back, loudest, quietest and most underrated and a surprise category with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.
Zack Fisch was a mass communications major with a broadcast journalism emphasis when he attended St. Cloud State University from 2008-12. Since leaving the university, he's gone on to do play-by-play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (2012-15) of the United States Hockey League, the South Carolina Stingrays (2015-16) of the ECHL and has been with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League since October 2016. He's also been able to do some substitute announcing for the Washington Capitals of the NHL. He shares memories of his career with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.
Former St. Cloud State women's goalie Julie Friend talks about her new position with the University of St. Thomas, which included being on the search committee for the head women's hockey coach for the Tommies. She also discusses her playing career, which included winning a state title with Minnetonka High School, playing four seasons at St. Cloud State, playing one season in Europe and winning the NWHL Isobel Cup with the Minnesota Whitecaps. Friend, who graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism, also discusses doing work for FOX Sports North and the state high school hockey tournament's TV broadcasts. All this and more on this episode.
The Rink Live's Mick Hatten interviews players and coaches and helps you find out more about the personalities and behind the St. Cloud State men's and women's hockey teams. We also cover some of the hot topics of the day in college hockey.