St. Cloud, MN – The SCSU Huskies plugged another hole at forward with the commitment of Grand Forks, ND native Mason Salquist. Salquist, who just turned 20 in March, announced via Twitter on April 4 ” I am very proud to announce my commitment to play Division I college hockey at St. Cloud State University. Thank you to all my family, friends, teammates, and coaches. Can’t wait to begin this new journey.”
Salquist, a 5’9″ 172 pound left-shooting forward played his high school hockey at Grand Forks Red River High School, the alma mater of recent St. Cloud State University players Jon Lizotte and Jacob Benson, both four-year players for the Huskies. Salquist had a prolific three years at Grand Forks Red River compiling 59 goals and 91 assists for 150 points in 80 games. He was also quite productive in the Minnesota High School Elite League for team Great Plains with 24 points in 36 games including 13 goals.
Salquist split time between the NAHL’s Janesville Jets (Janesville, WI) and the Fargo Force of the USHL in 2018-19 and really came into his own offensively during the 2019-20 season with 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points placing him fifth on the squad in points. Salquist is described as a determined player with skill that can handle the physical side of the game. He possesses a quick shot and and has a good eye for the net.
It is anticipated the 20 year-old will join the Huskies for the 2021-22 season. For 2020-21 the Huskies will bring in Joey Molenaar of Minnetonka, MN who has split time with the Tri-City Storm and Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL and Veeti Meitinen of Espoo, Finland who played for Kiekoo-Espoo of the Finnish Elite League. Ideally, the Huskies could add one more forward before the 2020-21 season.
The Huskies lost three forwards following the 2019-20 season including assistant captains Nick and Jack Poehling and Jake Wahlin. They also lost defenseman Jack Ahcan and Clark Kuster, both seniors. Those two positions will be filled by Brady Ziemer of Carver, MN who played for Green Bay of the USHL in 2019-20 and Seamus Donohue, a graduate transfer from the Michigan Tech University Huskies.