Editor's notes: Just a heads up that there are a few curse words in this episode.

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Herb Brooks was named the head men's hockey coach for St. Cloud State in May 1986. He took over with the aim of helping move the program up to the NCAA Division I level.

He led the Huskies to the NCHA regular season title, a third-place finish at the 1987 NCAA Division III tournament and lobbied to get funding for an on-campus arena that opened in 1989 and now bears his name.

Mike Brodzinski, Bill Korfhage, Bruce LaRoque and Rian Reed were all on that 1986-87 team under Brooks and share their memories in this episode.

St. Cloud State men's hockey players Rian Reed, Mike Brodzinski and John Matchinsky played for the Huskies under head coach Herb Brooks in the 1986-87 season. (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives)
St. Cloud State men's hockey players Rian Reed, Mike Brodzinski and John Matchinsky played for the Huskies under head coach Herb Brooks in the 1986-87 season. (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives)

Brodzinski played forward for the Huskies from 1984-87 after one season at the University of Minnesota. Brodzinski had 76 goals, 70 assists and 146 points in his college career. In the Division II/III era of the program, he is tied for the career lead in goals (John Bergo), is the career points leader and is second in career assists (Dave Reichel, 73). His last two seasons, Brodzinski led the team in points. His 38 goals and 65 points in 1986-87 both top the Division II/III single season lists and he was a two-time All-American. He has had two sons (Jonny, 2012-15) and Easton (2017-current) play forward for the Huskies.

Bill Korfhage (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives)
Bill Korfhage (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives)

Korfhage played goalie for the Huskies from 1984-88. In 1986-87, Korfhage set Division II/III era program records for games played (32), most saves in a season (949) and wins in a season (21). That season, he was 21-10-1 with a 3.99 goals-against average and .878 save percentage. He also holds Division II/III era program records for most games played by a goalie (83), most career saves (2,278), most shots faced in a career (2,592).

Bruce LaRoque (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives)
Bruce LaRoque (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives)

LaRoque played forward and defense for the Huskies from 1984-87. He had 18 goals and 48 points in his career at St. Cloud State. In 1986-87, he had six goals, 17 assists, 23 points, 63 penalty minutes and was a plus-22 in 35 games.

Rian Reed (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives)
Rian Reed (Courtesy of St. Cloud State University Archives)

Reed played forward for the Huskies from 1983-87. In the Division II/III era, he is 19th in career scoring (84 points) and he is 14th in career goals (43). In 1986-87, he had 12 goals, 16 assists, 28 points, 44 penalty minutes and was a plus-13 in 36 games.

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.

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