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Former SCSU F Kevin Fitzgerald on his time in ECHL, AHL, trying out for 3ICE, speculating on who Applebee is

After spending 5 seasons with the Huskies, the 25-year-old has done a lot of traveling in the last 6 weeks. Fun podcast with the former SCSU alternate captain

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St. Cloud State forward Kevin Fitzgerald (28) keeps the puck away from Miami defenseman Dylan Moulton (27) during the third period Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
Jason Wachter / The Rink Live

Kevin Fitzgerald spent the last five seasons as a member of the St. Cloud State men's hockey team. He has been bouncing around pro hockey (ECHL, AHL, 3ICE) since the end of the college season. The Rink Live's Mick Hatten catches up with the 25-year-old forward from Hinsdale, Ill., to discuss a variety of topics in hockey and also dive into who Al Applebee is on Twitter.com.

TIME STAMPS

Checking in from Hershey, Pa., what the city is like, working with former SCSU play-by-play announcer Zack Fisch

2:20 Finals week while on the road, getting help from teammates Brendan Bushy and Aidan Spellacy for a class, where he is at on his MBA

3:30 Since leaving SCSU: Playing for the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL, trying out for 3ICE in Las Vegas, coaching a youth hockey tournament, signing with the AHL's Hershey Bears, become a teammate with high school teammate Bobby Nardella

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8:40 Becoming teammates with former UMD foes

9:40 Playing in the 3-on-3 league (3ICE) and the number of former NHL players involved with the league, thinking he was getting pranked by Jeremiah Minkel, how they will get paid, game rules

17:20 Coaching a summer youth hockey team ... and getting surprised by the age level — not 13U, 2013 birth year players

18:40 Describing ECHL play and what he has seen practicing with AHL players, getting hit hard by a former NHL player

22:15 Will he still have a job working in accounting? Will he play hockey next season?

24:40 Things that will stick with him about the 2021-22 college season

25:50 Who is Al Applebee on Twitter? Does Fitzgerald know him? He seems to be an SCSU insider. He said that SCSU equipment manager Jeremiah Minkel or SCSU athletic trainer Bryan DeMaine are suspects

28:00 Working for Matt Chapman, with David Hrenak

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31:10 Having so much free time in pro hockey

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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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