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Vermont men's coach Todd Woodcroft has 2 high-profile recruits from Minnesota, strong ties to state, Wild

He joins The Rink Live podcast and discusses his career, the state of the Catamounts, getting a foothold in recruiting in Minnesota and more with Jess Myers and Mick Hatten

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Todd Woodcroft is heading into his third season as the head coach of the Vermont Catamounts after landing two high-profile players from Minnesota prep hockey last season in Prior Lake star Alex Bump and 2022 Mr. Hockey winner Max Strand from Roseau.
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Tood Woodcroft
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The University of Vermont is a long way from Minnesota, but the head coach of that state's most prominent hockey team has impressive roots in the State of Hockey. Todd Woodcroft is heading into his third season as the head coach of the Catamounts after landing two of the higher-profile players from Minnesota prep hockey last season in Prior Lake star Alex Bump and 2022 Mr. Hockey winner Max Strand from Roseau. Woodcroft came to UVM after two decades in various coaching roles in the NHL, including getting his start with the Minnesota Wild as a video coach in the early days of the franchise. He joined Mick Hatten and Jess Myers from The Rink Live to talk about the high-quality competition in Hockey East, all he learned from Jacques Lemaire during his Wild days and just how often a real Vermonter heads to Ben & Jerry's for some Cherry Garcia.

TIME STAMPS

:30 Taking over an NCAA Division I program in the middle of a pandemic in 2020

2:00 After 20 years working in the NHL, why become a college hockey head coach?

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4:20 How he got to Minnesota and got to work for the the Wild and what it was like being a video coach in 2000

9:00 What it was like working for Jacque Lemaire and a couple of great stories about him

14:20 Why he thinks Hockey East is the best conference in college hockey and the state of the Catamounts

19:55 How he's recruiting and getting some of the top talent in Minnesota

26:00 His brother Jay coaching the Edmonton Oilers

28:00 What it was like working in the KHL

31:00 Ben and Jerry's ice cream

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The 18-year-old forward, who was named Mr. Hockey in March, has 13 points in 13 games for the North American Hockey League team.
Mr. Hockey finalist Alex Bump scores five times in 6-0 quarterfinal win

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
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