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Which team may surprise people in the NCHC, key takeaways from media day, key conference players to watch

On this episode of The Rink Live podcast, reporters Matt Wellens, Brad Schlossman, Joe Paisley, Jess Myers and Mick Hatten discuss the 2022-23 NCHC season and discuss things to watch for.

The Rink Live reporters (from left) Mick Hatten, Jess Myers, Brad Schlossman and Matt Wellens. Schlossman works for the Grand Forks Herald and Wellens works for the Duluth News Tribune.
Duluth News Tribune photo

Now that the dust has settled from NCHC Media Day, The Rink Live takes an in depth look at the conference with its podcast with reporters Matt Wellens, Brad Schlossman, Jess Myers, Mick Hatten and Joe Paisley. Wellens covers Minnesota Duluth hockey, Schlossman covers the University of North Dakota, Paisley covers Colorado College and Myers interviewed two representatives from every NCHC team at media day. The group covered a variety of topics including their big takeaways from media day, which team may surprise some people in the conference race, key players throughout the league and more on this episode of The Rink Live podcast.

2022 NCHC Media Day
Scenes from the 2022 NCHC Media Day on Sept. 22, 2022, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN
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Biggest takeaways from Media Day:
2:30 Mick Hatten: The big turnover in personnel within the league

3:40 Brad Schlossman: Key items in commissioner Heather Weems' address to the media

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5:00 Matt Wellens: Key items in commissioner Heather Weems' address to the media, how the conference looked at other online streaming platforms

7:10 Jess Myers: How financially sound the conference is and why, Brad on how the NCHC absorbed the pandemic

10:10 Joe Paisley: The benefits of being a single-sport league, one year of operating budget in the bank

Last year, Derek Daschke was at NCHC Media Day representing Miami as its captain. A year later, his former coach is breaking down the impact the defenseman will make offensively and defensively for

Biggest impact players on the team you cover:
12:15 Brad Schlossman: North Dakota's Riese Gaber

13:35 Joe Paisley: Colorado College's Kaidan Mbereko, Brett Chorske, Gleb Veremyev, Cade Ahrenholz and Hunter McKown

15:24 Mick Hatten: SCSU's top line of Jami Krannila, Zach Okabe and Veeti Miettinen, D Jack Peart

17:25 Matt Wellens: UMD's Blake Biondi, Dominic James, Derek Daschke

20:15 Miami's good power play in a tough season in 2021-22

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22:25 Jess Myers transfers: North Dakota goalie Drew DeRidder, Denver forward Tristan Broz

24:10 Mick Hatten: Western Michigan F Jack Perbix

25:15 Brad Schlossman: Omaha's Tyler Weiss, Joaquim Lemay, Jacob Guevin; Western Michigan's Carter Berger, Zak Galambos

Defending national champion Pioneers receive 19 out of a possible 23 first-place votes

Brad Schlossman Memorial Question: Who will be this season's NCHC surprise team?
28:00 Why St. Cloud State is a team to watch

35:50 Why Colorado College is a team to watch

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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