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Former SCSU forward Robby Jackson describes playing in Slovakia, latest dental work, driving a stick shift

The 24-year-old discusses why he's going back for another season playing in Slovakia, the atmosphere of what it's like to play there, makes his pitch to be the next NCHC commissioner and answers questions from Twitter followers

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Robby Jackson takes some high fives after an exhibition game while playing for HC Nové Zámky in the top Slovakian league.
Courtesy of Robby Jackson

Robby Jackson was not sure what to expect when he signed a contract to play for HC Nové Zámky in Slovakia. Jackson had played two seasons for teams in the AHL and ECHL after graduating from St. Cloud State. But he describes why he has signed another contract to play for the team, what the atmosphere is like in games in Slovakia, the style of play and then answers some submitted questions from people on Twitter on this episode of the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.


What he has been up to since the Slovakian season ended, signing an early contract for next season

3:05 What the size of the rinks, playing conditions are like in Slovakia

4:50 The skill level of Slovakian league vs. ECHL and AHL


6:20 How much travel is involved in Slovakian league, the league playoffs

9:30 The atmosphere in Slovkian arenas

11:30 Crowd sizes in Slovakia

13:45 The language used by the Slovakian coaches with seven import players

15:45 Dealing with the language difference off the ice

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.

19:10 Renting his house out while overseas

21:15 The next NCHC commissioner?

23:50 Running into @tinnerheath at a recent SCSU baseball game, how he's dealing with a stick shift vehicle


27:30 From @gohuskieswooooo: What's it like being the face of SCSU (in ads) and getting a snapchat from him about it?

28:30 Finding a dentist in Slovakia after having teeth knocked out

31:00 Of the 52 career college goals, does he remember his first and last college goals?

34:10 Following SCSU from abroad

36:30 Slovakian David Hrenak (former SCSU teammate) was a road roommate in college

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Close-up view of Robby Jackson after an exhibition game while playing for HC Nové Zámky in the top Slovakian league.
Courtesy of Robby Jackson
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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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