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Former SCSU F Mikey Eyssimont talks about his NHL debut with the Jets, playing in the AHL, hockey in Colorado

The 25-year-old from Littleton, Colo., talks about his college hockey experiences, playing pro hockey, growing up with Troy Terry, Brandon Carlo and his favorite St. Cloud State memories on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with Mick Hatten.

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Forward Mikey Eyssimont had 45 goals and 102 points in 135 career games playing for St. Cloud State from 2015-18. He was the North Star College Cup and NCHC Frozen Faceoff MVP in 2016 and an All-NCHC Second Team pick as a junior.
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Mikey Eyssimont was one of 12 former St. Cloud State men's hockey players to play in the NHL last season. Eyssimont made his NHL debut for the Winnipeg Jets on April 11, 2022, in Montreal during his fourth full season of pro hockey. Eyssimont discusses his progression as a pro, his favorite memories of playing for and attending SCSU, growing up in Colorado, Huskies players and coaches who had an impact on him and more on this episode of the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.

TIME STAMPS

:30 His best season as a pro with 18 goals, 42 points, 90 penalty minutes and being a plus-15 in 58 AHL games with the Manitoba Moose in 2021-22. What last season was like, his improvement

1:50 His NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets, biding his time, playing in Montreal, staying focused

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3:45 The rookie solo lap, seeing former SCSU teammate Ryan Poehling on the opposition

5:00 Areas of progression as a player since turning pro in 2018

7:15 The differences between the AHL and the NHL

8:10 Playing more physical as a pro, officiating in the AHL

10:00 His outlook going into Jets camp this fall

10:40 Growing up in Colorado, how he got involved in hockey, playing roller hockey

11:50 The transition from roller hockey to ice hockey, being a teammate of NHL players Troy Terry, Brandon Carlo, Dylan Gambrell, Fredrik Oloffson growing up, staying in touch, working out with them now

13:50 Travel hockey in Colorado, how far they would travel

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16:40 When the college recruiting process started, how he ended up at SCSU

18:40 Why he didn't end up playing for Denver or Colorado College, having things in common with Californians Robby Jackson and Patrick Newell

This group of former St. Cloud State men's hockey players played college hockey from 2014-19. In that span, the Huskies made four NCAA Division I tournament appearances, won two NCHC regular season titles and played in four NCHC championship games.

19:45 Best memories of playing for SCSU, being in college

21:10 Being on a line with Kalle Kossila, Patrick Russell, effect those two and coach Bob Motzko had on his career

24:50 Being MVP of the North Star College Cup and NCHC Frozen Faceoff as a freshman

The 12 forwards, 7 defensemen, 3 goalies are some of the most decorated players in Huskies NCAA Division I men's hockey history. From 2010-20, 12 of the program's 33 100-point scorers, 9 of its 16 All-Americans played and there is a group of defensemen that could match up with anyone in the country.

25:40 The talented recruiting class he came in with

27:10 Missing the NCAA playoffs as a sophomore, coming back and winning the NCHC regular season title in 2017-18

29:20 The decision to turn pro with the L.A. Kings, who drafted him in 2016, the toughest transition of turning pro

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31:10 Former SCSU assistant coach Garrett Raboin being named the first head coach at Augustana University

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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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