Brett Barta discusses Andover's state title, his scouting reports on two SCSU recruits, Raboin's fishing

The former defenseman has been an assistant boys hockey coach for the defending Class AA state champions since 2012. On the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast, he discusses coaching, SCSU recruits Gavyn Thoreson and Leo Gruba, his time at SCSU and how Augustana's head hockey coach is giving up fishing for pheasant hunting.

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Former Moorhead High School defenseman Brett Barta played for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team from 2007-11. Barta has been an assistant boys hockey coach for Andover High School since 2012.
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Brett Barta has been an assistant boys hockey coach since 2012 for Andover High School. Last season, the Huskies won the Class AA state title, something he was not able to accomplish despite two championship game appearances when he was a player for Moorhead High School. Barta is a middle school teacher in Andover and he discusses his career as a coach, player and teacher. He also gives scouting reports on SCSU recruits Gavyn Thoreson and Leo Gruba, talks about his relationship with Andover head coach Mark Manney, his long friendship with Moorhead head coach (and former SCSU player) Jon Ammerman.


:45 How he got the assistant boys hockey coaching position at Andover High School in 2012

3:20 How Andover head coach Mark Manney works with Barta, even though the two of them have coaching philosophy differences


4:40 How he caught the coaching bug early with the help of some mentors in Moorhead, coaching in summer camps

6:50 Teaching science in middle school in Coon Rapids, Andover, some of the challenges

9:15 Coaching keeping him focused in his 20s, the changes since he has become a father three years ago

11:05 The ups and downs of the 2021-22 season for Andover finishing with a state title, something he was not able to accomplish in two state championship games as a player at Moorhead. How Maple Grove's Danny Nelson reminds him of former SCSU defenseman Nick Perbix. The relationship between Manney and Moorhead head coach Jon Ammerman. Manney's Diet Coke in overtime of the state title game. The benefits of not yelling at refs

Junior forward led the Class AA state champions with 29 goals, 74 points in 31 games.

24:53 The similarities between Barta's personality and SCSU recruit Gavyn Thoreson and some of Thoreson's personality traits

26:05 A scouting report on Thoreson: "a poor man's Blake Lizotte," some similarities between him and former SCSU teammate Ryan Lasch

Both of Gruba's parents attended St. Cloud State. His father, Tony, played forward for the Huskies from 1990-94 and was the team's captain his senior season.

28:40 Scouting report on SCSU recruit Leo Gruba

30:00 Best memories of playing for SCSU from 2007-11, the effect that Garrett Raboin had on the program, playing against the Gophers and his love of


As a player, the former defenseman was a walk-on, an All-WCHA pick and two-year captain.

34:00 Raboin being named the head coach at Augustana University after not being a head coach previously, getting some dirt from Raboin while fishing

36:00 Raboin quitting fishing to pheasant hunt

38:15 His friendship with Ammerman, the high expectations his former teammate faces as coach of the Spuds

This group of former St. Cloud State players played college hockey from 2006-12. Ryan Lasch and Garrett Roe are two of the top three in career points for the Huskies and Garrett Raboin is ninth in career points for a defenseman. Lasch and Roe are still playing professionally. The group shares memories and laughs on this episode with hosts Mick Hatten and former Huskies Scott Meyer and Geno Parrish.
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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, 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.
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