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Jordan McAlpine breaks down the USHL draft, playoffs

The Rink Live reporters discusses a big week in junior hockey, which includes the USHL draft, USHL conference finals and NAHL playoffs and makes some predictions on The Rink Live podcast.

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Jordan McAlpine of The Rink Live

Jordan McAlpine joined The Rink Live staff during this hockey season and hit the ground running. He covers junior hockey for our website. In this episode of The Rink Live podcast, he discusses this week's USHL Draft, the USHL playoffs, the NAHL playoffs and more with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten and Jess Myers.


1:00 USHL Draft, Phase I will be Tuesday, Phase II on Wednesday — the difference between the phases, how old do you have to be to be drafted

3:00 Phase II is for players who still have junior eligibility, but are playing in other leagues

4:15 Who are some of the top players who will go in Phase I


5:15 What a tender is and how it affects teams in the draft, who are some of the players who have been tendered in the USHL

7:30 Are there territories for players in the USHL

8:40 The timing of the USHL draft as the league is preparing for the conference finals

9:45 Why the Fargo Force have had such a great season

11:20 What to expect from the USHL Eastern Conference finals between Chicago and Youngstown

13:00 Fargo's Cole Knuble and his family's background in hockey

13:45 The new coach for the USHL's Madison Capitols — Andy Brandt —

14:30 The rise of the St. Cloud Norsemen in the NAHL this season, the upset of Aberdeen, keys for them as they prepare for Austin in the next round


16:15 How player turnover affects junior hockey

18:00 Why coaches go back and forth between college and junior hockey

20:30 Goalie Isak Posch, a St. Cloud State recruit, has been a good story for the NAHL's Minnesota Wilderness

22:00 NAHL predictions

24:00 USHL predictions: Lincoln vs. Fargo, Chicago vs. Youngstown

26:30 What it's been like for Jordan in his new job

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

For more coverage of St. Cloud and the surrounding communities, check out St. Cloud Live.
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