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A podcast for The Rink Live, a comprehensive hockey site filled with all the best Minnesota and North Dakota college and prep hockey news you want -- powered by beat reporters for Forum Communications Co.

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A podcast for The Rink Live, a comprehensive hockey site filled with all the best Minnesota and North Dakota college and prep hockey news you want -- powered by beat reporters for Forum Communications Co.

    The Rink Live podcast -- Ep. 41

    The Rink Live podcast -- Ep. 41

    The news that the University of St. Thomas was moving up to the NCAA Division I level in all sports in 2021 came on July 15. The CCCHA announced on July 29 that the Tommies will be the eighth team in its league.

    UST men's head hockey coach Jeff Boeser, who has been involved in his program for more than 40 years, talks about the transition ahead. He also talks about his current team, playing for Bob Johnson on the 1976 USA national team, learning new recruiting rules, working for Terry Skrypek and more.

    • 29 min
    Hockey East commissioner Steve Metcalf talks about trying to get plans together for a season in his new job

    Hockey East commissioner Steve Metcalf talks about trying to get plans together for a season in his new job

    Steve Metcalf was named the new commissioner for Hockey East in February. To say that a lot a lot has changed since that announcement is like saying a hurricane creates some rain.

    In March, Hockey East announced it would not be going forth with its conference playoffs. But on July 29, the conference announced its plans to play the 2020-21 season with priority given to conference games. Metcalf discusses some of those plans, how he got involved in hockey and got his new position.

    • 31 min
    The Rink Live podcast -- Ep. 39

    The Rink Live podcast -- Ep. 39

    Steve Rohlik dreamed of playing for Hill-Murray (St. Paul, Minn.) High School at the state high school tournament.

    He achieved that, then went on to be the team's head coach after a college career at the University of Wisconsin. Rohlik's coaching career also includes being an assistant coach at Stillwater (Minn.) High School, Wisconsin, three seasons at Nebraska Omaha, 10 seasons at Minnesota Duluth and three at Ohio State before taking over as the Buckeyes head coach in 2013.

    • 33 min
    Gophers women's hockey coach Brad Frost talks about his incoming players, St. Thomas joining the WCHA, recruiting challenges and more

    Gophers women's hockey coach Brad Frost talks about his incoming players, St. Thomas joining the WCHA, recruiting challenges and more

    University of Minnesota women's hockey coach Brad Frost has not been on campus since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Frost, who recently completed his 13th season with the Gophers, talks about his new players for the 2020-21 season, who he roots for when Canada plays Team USA, some highlights of the 2019-20 season, the University of St. Thomas joining the WCHA and more with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.

    • 26 min
    Grant Potulny talks about coaching at Northern Michigan, familiarity with new CCHA commissioner, Gopher memories and more

    Grant Potulny talks about coaching at Northern Michigan, familiarity with new CCHA commissioner, Gopher memories and more

    Grant Potulny has spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Northern Michigan hockey team.

    He joins The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten to talk about coaching in Michigan, adjustment he's made during the pandemic, his thoughts on new CCHA commissioner Don Lucia and memories of his playing and assistant coaching days at the University of Minnesota.

    Potulny played for Grand Forks Red River High School (N.D.), played for the Gophers from 2000-04 and then five seasons of pro hockey.

    • 39 min
    Jennifer Flowers talks about her 1st season as WCHA commissioner, the future of the league

    Jennifer Flowers talks about her 1st season as WCHA commissioner, the future of the league

    On June 3, 2019, Jennifer Flowers was named vice president and women's commissioner of the WCHA. Needless to say, it's been quite a year.

    The WCHA tournament took place, but before the NCAA Division I playoffs could start, everything in sports was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Flowers talks her experiences, the possibilities of expansion, how the women's side of the conference will be affected by 7 men's teams leaving the WCHA in one year and more. 

    • 28 min

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