ST. CLOUD, Minn. - On a night in which St. Cloud State renamed its arena for a coaching legend, the tenants stole the show.
"Probably the most underrated fans in all of college hockey," said Junior Defenseman Nick Jensen. "They support us through thick and thin."
This evening they all packed into the newly named Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to thank the group that brought them so many memories here and on the road.
"Great accomplishments by our hockey team," said Head Coach Bob Motzko. "I know we'd do anything to replay their first five minutes on in Pittsburgh, but as I told our team that didn't define our season at all."
What did, was the Huskies winning a share of the McNaughton Cup, the school's first ever trip to the Frozen Four and being the last Minnesota team standing at season's end. It was a historic run that is now beginning to set in.
"To do it with a group of guys that we did it with was unbelievable," said Junior Forward Nic Dowd. "And just to see this fan support, it's speechless."
The memories for the players will last a long time...for the young Husky fans in the crowd it may last even longer.
"I remember when I was one of those kids back then," said Jensen. "Looking up to the college guys like us and now that I am here it's kind of weird, it all goes by real fast."
Tonight it was about cherishing what happened with the hopes that it'll happen again next year.
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