Versatile Donohue Brings Competitiveness and Leadership to SCSU

Seamus Donohue (Photo Prout)

St. Cloud, MN – With the departure of seniors Jack Ahcan and Clark Kuster who logged 33 and 27 games respectively after the 2019 -20 season, the Huskies needed the addition of two defensemen to round out their roster for the 2020-21 season.

With the transfer portal becoming a huge recruiting tool for college hockey, Seamus Donohue was a much-coveted “free agent” after he posted his intention to transfer. Donohue ultimately chose the SCSU Huskies over Boston College and UMD among others. An excellent student, Donohue earned an undergraduate degree in finance at Michigan Tech University.

The move benefitted both sides with the Huskies gaining a puck-moving, smooth-skating defenseman who was also solid defensively and Donohue getting an opportunity to play his “graduate” season closer to home and to engage in the Sports Management program SCSU offered. An added bonus was he joined a team that earned its way to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game last season.

Prior to St. Cloud State University

The 6’0″ 185 pound left-shooting defenseman, was one of the top defensemen for the Michigan Tech Huskies of the WCHA and was an assistant captain in 2019-20. A stalwart in the lineup, he appeared in 117 career games for the Huskies showing his durability. He was 10th on the squad in points with 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 2019-20. He was named the team’s top freshman in 2017-18 with 16 points and the team’s top defensive player as a sophomore with 1 goal and 21 assists for 22 points.

Prior to the MTU Huskies, Donohue played 40 games under former SCSU assistant coach Fred Harbinson for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL coincidentally, on the same team as SCSU’s Easton Brodzinski. Donohue also played 45 games for Wichita Falls of the North American Hockey League where he captained the team and had 4 goals and 28 assists for 32 points. Donohue was also captain of his high school squad, St. Thomas Academy where was a four-year player and a member of two Minnesota State High School Championship teams.

Named Captain in his Transfer Year

A testament to his leadership, Donohue was selected as an assistant captain by his new teammates prior to the 2020-21 season.

“It was a huge honor for your teammates to think that much of you so quick, ” Donohue said in this week’s weekly press conference. ” I was humbled and it’s a big responsibility too. I mean – half the team could wear a letter, maybe more. Every guy in the room has just as much to say as the next. It’s a tight-knit group and my voice doesn’t mean more than the next guy.”

Seamus Donohue (Photo Prout)

A Succesful 2020-21 Season

Donohue was paired with Nick Perbix for most of the season and he logged 31 games posting 1 goal and 8 assists for 9 points and was +14 for the season. He also had 46 shots on goal.

“Seamus played a ton of minutes,” commented head coach Brett Larson. “We changed the defensive pairs this season placing Jack Peart with Nick Perbix and Seamus with captain Spencer Meier. His Mobility complements each other and we like that pair.”

“We can play Seamus anywhere because of his dependability.  You can put him on the penalty kill or the power-play unit. He’s a pretty versatile player – he competes. He’s not a small guy, he’s a mid-sized player and he’s not afraid to get in the battle. He’s willing to stick his nose in there to get in the battle and he’s willing to compete in front of our net.”

Seamus Donohue (Photo Prout)

More to Prove in 2021-22

When asked about his decision to return for a fifth season, Donohue was quick to say “It was an easy decision to make for me to come back and play on this team filled with the greatest guys and awesome coaches. Also, being able to finish my Master’s Degree.”

He feels the team has much more to accomplish this season. “Everyone on the team is not just satisfied with how last year ended and we’re not satisfied with where we are right now either, said Donohue. “The polls really don’t mean anything if you’re not ranked #1 at the end of the year.”

“As a team, we’re just trying to get better every day. That’s the mantra we lived by last year and it has continued to this season. We just want to be the best we can be every day. Every guy in the room sets a good example of how you should act every day at the rink and in trying to be the best teammate and player they can be. ”

As far as a personal goal this season, Donohue feels there can be more growth in his game.”I think I have more to do on offense this year than I did last year. I’m trying to get bigger, faster, stronger – all the cliches. I think anyone, no matter how good you are has room to grow as a teammate. I’m trying to be the best teammate I can be every day in the locker room, on the ice, and away from the rink.”

To date, Donohue has 8 assists which places him in a tie for the lead nationally among defensemen for assists.

“His teammates see his steadiness and that he’s a competitor. That’s why he was voted a captain,”  commented head coach Brett Larson.

It’s a transfer that has benefitted both St. Cloud State Hockey and Seamus Donohue and it appears that’s how things were meant to be.

 

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