Husky Hockey Update: Future Huskies Sign NLI and Miettinen Turns Heads

Mason Salquist and Jack Peart of the Fargo Force sign their NLI

St. Cloud, MN – Here’s a few updates for the week of November 8th:

Future Huskies Sign National Letter of Intent 

The initial signing date for student-athletes who will be enrolling for the 2021-22 collegiate academic year was on November 11. The final signing date is August 1, 2021.

The Huskies wasted no time inking four future Huskies who will no doubt anchor this team for the next four seasons. These future Huskies have been discussed in previous posts but we’ll do a quick summary:

Mason Salquist (3/21/00) 5’9′ 170 Forward – Grand Forks, ND  | Fargo Force
Notes: Determined, team leader will be counted on to provide offense for the Force this season. More Info

Jack Peart (5/15/03) 5’11” 174 Defense – Grand Rapids, MN | Fargo Force
Notes: Ultra-talented 17 year-old defenseman will start the season as the top defenseman for the Force. Another mobile, skilled defenseman that can transition the puck quickly. More Info

Josh Luedtke (9/29/00) 5’9″ 176 Defense – Minnetonka, MN | Des Moines Buccaneers 
Notes: Highly skilled, quick, mobile defenseman will log lots of minutes for the Bucs this season. More Info

Josh Luedtke

“We are extremely excited to welcome these three outstanding student-athletes to our program here at St. Cloud State,” Coach Brett Larson said.  “They will bring great talent and hockey experience to our roster.  All three have been recognized as top players at the high school and junior hockey levels, and I really look forward to having them continue their hockey careers as Huskies.”

November 17, 2020 Update: the Huskies also inked Grant Ahcan, the brother of Husky great Jack Ahcan.

Grant Ahcan (5/18/02) 5’11” 154 Forward – Burnsville, MN | Chicago Steel
Notes: High hockey IQ forward is the brother of former Husky Jack Ahcan. Was scheduled to play for Cedar Rapids until they placed the club on furlough for the 2020-21 season. Likely to hit the SCSU roster in 2022.

What is a National Letter of Intent

Miettinen Already Turning Heads

As indicated in my previous update, Finnish first-year forward Veeti Miettinen was expected on campus the week of November 8 and that did indeed happen with the Toronto Maple Leafs sixth round draft choice joining the Huskies for his first practice session on November 11. His difficulties in gaining his VISA were well documented due to the pandemic and manuevering through the process in his home country of Finland. With Miettinen here, the coaches can breathe a sigh of relief that the process wasn’t derailed.

Miettinen who has been projected from some time to be included on Team Finland for the 2021 World Junior Championships also was included in a projection for the team by Scott Wheeler for the Athletic in a story this past week. Characterized as a “shooting machine” with a “lethal shot” he has also been described as being an underrated playmaker and good two-way player. At 5’9″ 160, he’ll need to improve his strength but has all the makings of being a highly successful scorer at the collegiate level.

But, don’t take the scouts word for it. After the first practice, besides the coaching staff, fellow first-year player and defenseman, Brady Ziemer was impressed saying “he’s shifty and fast and has a good shot.” Junior foward Nolan Walker told me “He looks great already. (He has) a high caliber shot and is really skilled and fast. Hopefully a guy I can play with this year.”

We’ll get a chance to see Miettinen during the “Red and Black” scrimmage this Friday at 6:00 PM at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

Veeti Miettinen (Photo Prout)

Unlikely There Will be Fans at the “Pod” in Omaha

There’s been no official word from the NCHC however recent suggestions are that ticket sales to the public will be severely limited or non-existent for the games. According to a story by the Grand Forks Herald, league commissioner Josh Fenton commented “We don’t anticipate anything from a public ticket-buying standpoint,” but the league is discussing a “pass list,” where players’ families could attend. The story went on to state “Although we may have no or limited (people) in the venue watching the games, we still want to try to provide an in-game experience that’s somewhat meaningful to those that are participating in the games, whether that be videos or music or crowd noise or whatnot. Yes, we talked about any and all of that and we do expect that to be a part of it.”

The NCHC is pushing their their streaming service NCHC.tv and fans will be able to watch nearly every NCHC game during the upcoming season on NCHC.tv anywhere in the world. In all, the NCHC will play 104 conference games this season, with fans able to watch more than 100 of them live on NCHC.tv, including the quarterfinal round of the NCHC Tournament. Among the games available on NCHC.tv will be up to 40 games live from the Pod at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., where all eight NCHC teams will compete from Dec. 1-20. All games in the Pod will be produced with high definition broadcast TV quality.

Options for the 2020-21 season include the following:

2020-21 NCHC.tv Subscription Prices

    • NCHC Annual Pass – $112.95 (NCHC games for 365 days from purchase date)
    • NCHC Pod Pass – $44.95 (Games in NCHC Pod Dec. 1-20)
    • School Annual Pass – $99.95 (Games for your favorite team this season)
    • NCHC Day Pass – $16.95 (All games in a 24-hour period)
    • NCHC Monthly Pass – $28.95 (not available until Dec. 15)
    • School Monthly Pass – $23.95 (not available until Dec. 15)

SCSU Women’s Hockey Begins on November 20th

The WCHA has announced the first half of their season and the Huskies begin with a two-game home series with Bemidji State University on November 20/21.  WCHA schools will play eight league games from November 20 to December 19 before breaking for the holidays. League play will resume as early as Jan. 1. The post-holiday schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

The November 20/21 games with Bemidji State are slated to be broadcast on flohockey.tv

The women’s first half schedule is here

Big Ten, WCHA, Atlantic and Hockey East Begin Play this Month  

Big Ten

The Big Ten commences their season this Sunday (November 15) with Arizona State University visiting the University of Michigan. The league will play 12 conference games between November 15 and December 9th and then go on holiday break.

Their games can be found on the Big Ten Network.

Hockey East

Hockey East recently announced their 2020 men’s hockey schedule with league play beginning on November 20th. Each of the 11 men’s teams will play 20 league contests that will count toward the final Hockey East Regular Season Standings to determine the 2020-21 Hockey East Regular Season Champion. The schedule features weekend home-and-home series and day-of-game travel, with the exception of games involving Maine and Vermont, to allow for consistent testing protocols throughout the season while adhering to all state guidelines.

Hockey East will partner with NESN and ViacomCBS Digital to provide fans the opportunity to view every Hockey East game in the 2020-21 season.

WCHA

The WCHA men will begin on November 20th and despite playing league opponents, these games will ne considered “Non-Conference” games through December 29. Beginning on January 1, they will begin their conference play with an 18 game schedule.

Many of the WCHA games will be streamed on flohockey.tv 

Atlantic Conference

Atlantic Hockey has announced that the 2020-21 season will officially begin on the weekend of November 13-14, 2020. The schedule features 24 games and allows for up to 28 games concluding with the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, which will include all 11 teams and be played over three weekends.

Atlantic Hockey has separated the league into eastern and western pods, with Air Force standing alone as the geographic outlier. The eastern pod is made up of AIC, Army, Bentley, Holy Cross, and Sacred Heart. The western pod consists of Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara and Robert Morris (RIT has canceled play this season). All teams will play against each pod member, play Air Force for a pair of games, and then play a two-game set against LIU, who is being worked in as a scheduling partner for the 2020-21 season. Air Force will play each team twice and add in the Sharks for four games, two home and two on the road.

Atlantic Hockey has also partnered with flohockey.tv to stream many of their games.

ECAC

No official announcement has been released from the ECAC concerning the start of their season.

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