I was honored to work with and call former SCSU President Earl Potter a friend
(Photo courtesy SCSU Athletics)
I grew up playing hockey in tradition rich Eveleth, MN, home to legions of outstanding amateur and professional hockey players and home of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. I suspect my claim to fame in hockey was getting cartwheeled by future NHLer Jack Carlson (of the famed Carlson brothers) at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia and destroyed by another NHLer Gary Sargent during a game at the hippodrome in Eveleth. I could skate like the wind but no one was looking for a 5″9″ 135 pound “power” forward and thus my formal playing days were over once I graduated from high school. However, since that time, I’ve been trying to find my niche in hockey competing in numerous senior leagues and tournaments.
I was a pre-journalism major at the University of Minnesota – Duluth but changed to a business curriculum and my real profession has been a career in commercial insurance. I have been credentialed by the NCAA as a photographer for regional and Frozen Four play and the NCHC for the Frozen Faceoff.
Encouraged by SCSU’s first Division I coach Craig Dahl, I became imbedded in the Huskies hockey program and volunteered my time as President of the Center Ice Club, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit for over 20 years. This was in addition to volunteering my time on other projects including the National Hockey Center remodel and Athletics Advisory Committee. My involvement has allowed me to get to know all the outstanding SCSU hockey coaches in the Division I era and the majority of the players and their parents. I can also definitively say I’ve been to more SCSU Men’s Hockey games than anyone on the planet.
This blog gives me the “excuse” to utilize the thousands of college hockey images I’ve accumulated over the past 20 years and place them in a format that will hopefully tell some stories for those that have an interest in Husky Hockey and it’s tradition. With no formal photography or journalistic training, I make no claims to anything other than to try to make these posts interesting to the casual or serious college hockey fan.
By design, my approach will be a simple, uncluttered and an easy to access blog for a quick read about SCSU Hockey and other college hockey teams/items of interest. In other words, a comfortable read in a format that is hopefully a departure from other sites you may currently frequent. Being a college hockey fan, hockey player, amateur photographer and amateur web designer I’m hoping to relate through my photos and personal insight an enjoyable experience for the reader.
A sister site is centericeview.com