Editor's note: Just a heads up that there are a few curse words in this episode.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The St. Cloud State men's hockey team began its journey to joining the NCAA Division I ranks when Herb Brooks was hired to coach the team before the 1986-87 season.
The Huskies played their first three Division I seasons (1987-90) as an independent program before joining the WCHA. In 1989, St. Cloud State qualified for its first Division I national tournament and lost both games of a series at Lake Superior State.
Key members of that team were forwards Tim Hanus, Jeff Saterdalen and Chris Scheid and defenseman Bret Hedican. Hanus and Saterdalen remain in the top six in the program's career totals for goals, assists and points. Scheid is tied for fourth in career goals. Hedican is 10th in program history for career points for a defenseman and is the lone player to have his number retired by the university.
The players reunite from their homes in Minnesota and California.
Hanus played forward for the Huskies from 1988-92. In 144 career college games, he had 73 goals, 99 assists, 172 points and 147 penalty minutes. On the career lists, he is tied for fourth in goals, sixth in assists and fourth in points.
Hedican played defense for the Huskies from 1988-91. In 105 career games, he had 27 goals, 50 assists, 77 points and 117 penalty minutes. As a junior, he had 30 assists (tied for 9th in a season) and 49 points (tied for 11th) and became the first St. Cloud State player to be named to the All-WCHA First Team. He went on to play in two Olympics (1992 and 2006) and played 1,039 games in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks before retiring in 2009.
Saterdalen played forward for the Huskies from 1988-92. In 148 career games, he had 78 goals, 101 assists, 179 points and 130 penalty minutes. He is third in career goals, fifth in career assists and second in career points.
Scheid played forward for the Huskies from 1987-91. In 145 career games, he had 73 goals, 46 assists, 119 points and 78 penalty minutes. He is tied for fourth in career goals and is 20th in career points. His 23 goals in 1988-89 are tied for ninth for goals in a season in program history.
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