Blaine, Minn. – The St. Cloud Norsemen open the 2021-22 season, presented by Premier Real Estate, at the North American Hockey League Showcase at the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. on Sept. 15 against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.
St. Cloud plays Danbury in the first of three games over the course of the Showcase. The Norsemen take on the United States National Team Development Program on Friday, Sept. 17 at 8:00 p.m. and the defending Robertson Cup champions the Shreveport Mudbugs on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 3:15 p.m.
The NAHL Showcase puts the League of Opportunity mantra in action as college and professional coaches and scouts from all across the globe will descend on the Super Rink for four full days of high-end hockey.
The Norsemen return more than a dozen players to its potential 2021-22 lineup including the team’s second overall leading scorer Ryan O’Neill (18 Goals – 22 Assists – 40 Points), and a pair of 20-point forwards, Blake Mesenburg (10G-10A-20P) and Blake Perbix (5G-15A-20P, Northern Michigan).
St. Cloud brings back six of its top ten scorers overall and 130 points of offense. Nikolas Hong, Logan Kittleson and Chase Freiermuth (Air Force) and Hunter Hanson round out the stable of returning forwards, along with two-way skater Peyton Hanson. New forward faces of note include tenders Jackson Bisson and Kade Peterson.
Defensively, Nick Young, Gunnar Johnson and Broten Sabo are among those back on the blue line. Defensemen Sam Duerr (Maine), Duke Kiffin join the defensive corps while John Opilka (St. Cloud State) returns to the ice. The Norsemen have three goaltenders on the current roster, including returner Joshua Langford (Maine), Ethan Dahlmeir and Tomas Bolo.
The Norsemen, like the other NAHL squads, still have many players in the mix are in the process of narrowing the training camp roster down to the regular season lineup, with different skaters and goalies working towards securing a roster spot.
St. Cloud is coached by former NHL player and Olympian Corey Millen, in his second season with the Norsemen. The Minnesota Gopher alum is joined by two assistants on his coaching staff, Eric Schlie and SCSU grad Clark Kuster.
The Norsemen games at the NAHL Showcase along with the entire season will be broadcast on HockeyTV ($) by St. Cloud’s play-by-play broadcaster Ashley Chase, on the Norsemen Network, presented by Lyon Sheet Metal & Heating. Tickets and information for the NAHL Showcase can be found here.
St. Cloud’s home opener is set for Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:05 p.m. at the Municipal Athletic Complex (MAC). The Norsemen take on the Bismarck Bobcats in the two-game weekend series with the second game coming Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Season tickets and single-game passes are on sale exclusively online at tickets.stcloudnorsemen.com