St. Cloud, MN – Assembling the SCSU men’s hockey staff for 2022-23 was completed as former SCSU defenseman Clark Kuster was named Director of Hockey Operations/Video Coordinator on June 22nd.
“We are very excited to have a former Husky captain join the coaching staff,” said SCSU Head Coach Brett Larson. “Clark’s passion for our program and his ability to connect with the current student-athletes will be critical in the continued success of Husky Hockey. Clark played a vital role in the St. Cloud Norseman’s run to the NAHL semifinals this past season, and we look forward to having an up-and-coming coach of his caliber contribute to our program on a daily basis.”
The 27-year-old Kuster, a native of St. Louis, MO was a member of the Huskies from 2015 to 2020 and was an assistant captain during his final season. Seemingly routine for Kuster to be in a leadership position he was an assistant captain for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL in 2013-14 and captain in 2014-15.
A three-year player for the Roughriders, he appeared in 162 games with 20 goals and 42 assists for 62 points and 99 penalty minutes. Known for his blistering slapshot, it was clocked at 101 MPH in a practice session.
Unfortunately for Kuster, he was injured in his final regular-season game in 2014-15 after a collision with future SCSU teammate Jacob Benson. It shelved him for the start of his freshman season and then had a red-shirt year in 2016-17. He finally became a regular in the SCSU lineup in 2019-20 appearing in 27 games with 1 goal, 3 assists, and 25 penalty minutes. In the classroom, Kuster was a five-time NCHC Academic All-Conference and Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honoree and was named a 2019-20 CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American.
Following his final season with the Huskies, Kuster joined the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the SPHL and in 39 games had 1 goal and 10 assists as the Flyers as they won the SPHL championship that season.
Kuster returns to St. Cloud State after a successful one-year stint as an assistant coach with the St. Cloud Norseman, where the team won the Central Division Final Series and advanced to the NAHL semifinals. The Norseman set a franchise record with 41 regular-season wins and 47 victories overall and captured the regular-season crown in Kuster’s lone season on the bench.
Success has followed Kuster in his hockey career being a member of the 2013-14 World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal winning team, NCHC Frozen Faceoff Championship in 2015-16, NCHC Penrose Cup Championship in 2017-18 and 2018-19, and the aforementioned SPHL Championship and regular-season NAHL title coaching the Norsemen.