Feb 22, 2022

St. Cloud Norsemen forward Nik Hong earned North American Hockey League distinction as the Central Division 2nd Star of the Week, while forward Hunter Hanson received an honorable mention.

Hong, a 6’0 185-pound ’02 native of Minneapolis, scored three goals in the Norsemen sweep of Austin, including the game-winning goal in Friday’s 5-4 victory, and a pair of goals in Saturday’s 5-1 romp. The Norsemen captain has scored 39 points on 13 goals and 26 assists in 40 games this season, and five of Hong’s tallies have been game-winning goals.

Hanson, a 5’10 175-pound ’02 native of Blaine, Minn. scored a goal and added two helpers in Friday’s home win over Austin. Hanson earned his fifth shorthanded point of the season with his assist on Blake Mesenburg’s shorthanded goal. Hanson has 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 points and has played every Norsemen game this season.

St. Cloud extended its lead for first place in the Central Division and now holds a five-point advantage over second place Austin, as the Norsemen sit at the top with 55 points in the standings. The Norsemen are on a 12-game winning streak and have the league’s best goal differential at +53. St. Cloud is back in action this Friday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Athletic Complex against the Minnesota Wilderness.

Tickets are available for Friday’s 7:00 p.m. Norsemen home game at or to book your group outing, contact Dan Miller at — Discounts are available for groups, including special rates and fun in-game opportunities for youth hockey and other teams.

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