Since the first season of the NCHC in 2013-14, the conference has established itself as arguably the most consistently outstanding of the six in NCAA Division I men's hockey.
The eight-team conference has had at least one team reach the national championship game in each of the last five seasons that there has been an NCAA tournament and won four national titles. In the eight seasons that the Frozen Four has taken place since the NCHC began, the conference has had 12 teams make the Frozen Four.
For comparison, in that span, Hockey East has had seven teams reach the Frozen Four, the Big Ten has had five, the ECAC three and the WCHA one.
During an #AskWellensAnything for the weekly Bulldog Insider Newsletter, a reader submitted a question to Matt Wellens of the Duluth News-Tribune and The Rink Live, asking him to pick an All-NCHC team for the first eight seasons and also to pick an All-UMD team in that span. Wellens reached out and asked me to do the same and pick an All-SCSU team.
My All-NCHC team ended up being heavily influenced by the four teams that have dominated the conference: Denver, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota and St. Cloud State. Those four teams have combined to win five of the seven NCHC Frozen Faceoff titles and all eight of the NCHC Penrose Cup (regular season) titles.
Josh Luedtke decided to go back to his second full season of junior hockey and the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. Luedtke, a 20-year-old defenseman from Minnetonka, Minn., was the captain of the Buccaneers and had 18 assists, 22 points 59 penalty minutes and was a plus-12 in 48 games. Luedtke talks about his season, knowing Huskies freshman forward Joe Molenaar since squirt hockey, playing lacrosse and more with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.
Former St. Cloud State captain and All-America defenseman Jack Ahcan has seen three levels of pro hockey this season as a rookie. He has played for the Jacksonville Icemen (ECHL), Providence Bruins (AHL) and the Boston Bruins (NHL). The 23-year-old from Savage, Minn., talks about some of the adventures during his rookie season. He also talks about watching his former Huskies teammates reach the NCAA Division I championship game for the first time, a friendly wager with a Bruins teammate, a few of his first purchases as a pro and more.
Jim Erickson has experienced a lot of cool events during his career as a play-by-play announcer. He's worked in the minor leagues, the Minnesota boys state tournament and with the St. Cloud State men in hockey. He will work at his first Frozen Four on Thursday, April 8 (96.7 FM) when the Huskies (19-10-0) plays Minnesota State University-Mankato (22-4-1) at 4 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
Because of an internet issue, there are two parts to the interview. This is the Part 2 of 2.
Jim Erickson has experienced a lot of cool events during his career as a play-by-play announcer. A few examples: He's worked in the minor leagues, the Minnesota boys state tournament and with the St. Cloud State men in hockey. He's about to experience something for the first time professionally: he will work at his first Frozen Four on Thursday, April 8. Erickson will work the game for 96.7 FM when the Huskies (19-10-0) plays Minnesota State University-Mankato (22-4-1) at 4 p.m. (ESPN2) in Pittsburgh. Erickson discusses this year's unique state tournament and this season's Huskies with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten. Because of an internet issue, there are two parts to the interview.
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.