Editor's notes: Just a heads up that there are a few curse words in this episode.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Former St. Cloud State men's hockey players have told a lot of fun stories and shared opinions on a lot of things from their playing days in the first 13 episodes of Huskies Hockey Happy Hour. Here, the coaches get their turn.
Craig Dahl, Bob Motzko and Brett Larson — the program's three head coaches in the NCAA Division I era — head a list of well-known college hockey names to join our show and share stories.
Former St. Cloud State assistant coaches Fred Harbinson, Mike Gibbons, Mike Hastings, Brett Petersen and Tom Serratore also join in this episode.
Dahl was an assistant coach for the Huskies in Herb Brooks' one season as head coach in 1986-87. He was the team's head coach from 1987-2005 and had a career record of 338-309-52. Dahl led the Huskies to five NCAA tournament appearances (1989, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003), the WCHA Final Five championship in 2001 and nine winning seasons. Before coaching at St. Cloud State, he was the head coach at Wisconsin-River Falls (1985-86) and Bethel University (1980-85).
Motzko played forward for St. Cloud State (1984-86) and was a graduate assistant coach in 1986-87. He went on to be the head coach in the United States Hockey League for the North Iowa Huskies (1986-91), then was an assistant coach at Miami (1991-93, 1994-98) and the University of Denver (1993-94), then the head coach in the USHL for the Sioux Falls Stampede (1998-2001) and assistant coach at the University of Minnesota (2001-05) before taking over as SCSU's head coach from 2005-18. St. Cloud State made eight NCAA tournament appearances (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018), reached a Frozen Four (2013), won the WCHA regular season title (2013), two NCHC regular season titles (2014, 2018) and an NCHC Frozen Faceoff title (2016) under Motzko. He had a record of 276-192-49 at St. Cloud State before leaving to become the head coach at Minnesota.
Larson has been St. Cloud State's head coach since 2018 and led the Huskies to an NCHC regular season title and NCAA tournament appearance and has a 43-21-9 record in his two seasons. Larson was an assistant coach at Minnesota Duluth (2008-10, 2015-18) and Ohio State (2013-15) and was the head coach in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers (2011-13) before getting to St. Cloud State.
Harbinson was an assistant coach for the Huskies from 2002-07. Before getting to St. Cloud State, he was an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Superior (1995-97), head coach in junior hockey for the Fernie Ghostriders in the AWHL and then was an assistant coach for Sioux City (2000-02). He has been the head coach of the British Columbia Hockey League's Penticton Vees since leaving St. Cloud State.
Gibbons replaced Harbinson as an assistant coach at SCSU and remained with the team until retiring after the 2019-20 season. Before getting to St. Cloud State, Gibbons was an assistant coach at Bemidji State (1981-82), Northern Michigan (1983-88), Colorado College (1988-90), Denver (1990-94) and for Baltimore in the AHL (1995-97). He was a head coach at Bemidji State (1982-83), Langley in the BCHL (1994-95) and Eastview High School (Minn.) (1997-2007).
Hastings played defense for the Huskies from (1986-88) and then was a assistant coach for SCSU (1990-92, 1993-94) after injuries forced him to stop playing. In 1992-93, he was an assistant coach for the Omaha Lancers in the USHL. He left St. Cloud State to become the head coach of the Lancers and held that position from 1994-2008. He was an assistant coach at Minnesota (2008-09) and Nebraska Omaha (2009-12) before becoming the head coach at Minnesota State Univesity-Mankato. In eight seasons with the Mavericks, he has a record of 214-85-23, led them to five NCAA tournament appearances, five WCHA regular season titles and two WCHA playoff titles.
Petersen was an assistant coach for St. Cloud State from 1994-2000. He left the Huskies in 2000 and has been the head coach at Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) for the past 20 seasons and has a record of 247-228-57. He led the Gusties to the MIAC regular season title in 2009-10. Before getting to St. Cloud State, he was an assistant coach for the St. Paul Vulcans in the USHL (1992-94).
Serratore was an assistant coach for St. Cloud State from 1993-99. Before getting to St. Cloud State, he was an assistant coach at Brainerd High School (Minn.) (1987-91) and head coach at Henry Sibley High School (1991-93). After he left St. Cloud State, Serratore was an assistant coach for two seasons at Bemidji State (1999-2001) before taking over as head coach of the Beavers for the last 19 seasons. He has led Bemidji State to six regular season conference titles, three CHA tournament titles, four NCAA tournament appearances, a Frozen Four appearance (2009) and a record of 319-297-89.
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.