Editor's note: Just a heads up that there are a few curse words in this episode. This episode is particularly salty on the language used.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Five guests of this edition of Huskies Hockey Happy Hour with Mark Hartigan, Ritchie Larson, Ryan Malone, Mike Pudlick and Brandon Sampair making return appearances. This will be the maiden voyage for former St. Cloud State forward Tyler Arnason and former defenseman Jeff Finger.
This group of former Huskies played from 1997-2003. In 2001, St. Cloud State won its lone WCHA Final Five title and the Huskies made the NCAA Division I tournament four times from 2000-03.
Arnason played for the Huskies from 1999-2001. In 118 career college games, he had 61 goals, 75 assists, 136 points and 48 penalty minutes. In the Division I era of the program, he is ninth in career goals and tied for 10th in career points. In 2000-01, he had 28 goals (third-best single season total) and he had 56 points in 2000-01 (fourth). He was an All-WCHA Second Team pick in 1999-2000 and the 2001 WCHA Final Five MVP. Arnason played seven seasons in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche and played professionally until 2012.
Finger played for St. Cloud State from 2000-03. In 107 career games, he had 15 goals, 25 asssists, 40 points and 235 penalty minutes. In the Division I era, Finger is eighth in career penalty minutes and his 105 penalty minutes in 2001-02 are the third-highest total in program history. He played four seasons in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs. He also played in the AHL until he retired in 2012.
Hartigan played forward for the Huskies from 1999-2002. In 119 career college games, Hartigan had 86 goals and 165 points and he is the school's career leader in goals and No. 5 in career points. Hartigan was also the program's first Hobey Baker top three finalist. He was an All-WCHA Third Team pick in 2000-01 and an All-WCHA First Team pick and AHCA All-America First Team pick in 2001-02. In single-season goals scored, he has the top (37 in 2001-02) and fourth-best totals (27 in 2000-01). He also holds the Division I school record for points in a season (75 in 2001-02) and his 38 assists that season are No. 2. He played in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. He also played professionally in Europe before retiring in 2012.
Larson played forward and defense for the Huskies from 1997-2001. In 114 games, he had 11 goals and 29 points.
Malone played forward for the Huskies from 1999-2003. In 142 games, he had 56 goals and 140 points and is No. 9 on the school's career assists list and No. 9 on its points list. In 2001-02, he had 24 goals (tied for seventh) and 49 points (tied for 11th). He played 11 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers. He played professionally until he retired in 2018 and was a member of Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Pudlick played defense for the Huskies from 1998-2000. In 77 career games, he had 21 goals, 34 assists, 55 points and 139 penalty minutes. In 2000, he became the first St. Cloud State defenseman to be named to the All-WCHA first team and an American Hockey Coaches Association All-America Second Team West selection. He played professionally in the AHL and Germany for seven season before retiring in 2007.
Sampair played forward for the Huskies from 1998-2001. In 145 career games, he had 49 goals, 80 assists, 129 points and 56 penalty minutes. He was an All-WCHA third team pick as a senior when he had 38 assists (tied for second) and 50 points (tied for 10th). On the program's career lists, he is 12th in points and tied for 12th in assists.
The goal with this show is to have fun, bring awareness of the St. Cloud State University Huskies Fund and, of course, to The Rink Live. Sponsorship of the show is available.