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Former SCSU star Garrett Roe discusses playing pro hockey in Europe and his only regret of his career

The forward has spent the last five seasons playing in Switzerland after two seasons in Sweden, a season in Germany, a season in Austria and two seasons in the AHL after graduating from St. Cloud State. He joins the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast to discuss his career.

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Garrett Roe played for St. Cloud State from 2007-11. He is the program's NCAA Division I era leader in career assists (113), is third in career points (178) and eighth in career goals (65). He has played his last five seasons of pro hockey in Switzerland.

Garrett Roe came to St. Cloud State in the fall of 2007 after playing three seasons of junior hockey for the Indiana Ice in the United States Hockey League. That came after two seasons of playing for Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep and growing up as the youngest of three hockey players in his family in Vienna, Va. Since graduating from SCSU in 2011, Roe has played the last five seasons in the top Swiss League after two seasons playing in Sweden, one season in Germany, one season in Austria and two seasons in the AHL. The three-time All-WCHA pick discusses the many stops of his career with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten on this episode of the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast.

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.


1:00 Playing in Zurich for the ZSC Lions this past season, what he enjoys about playing hockey in Switzerland and why he is going back for a sixth season

4:00 The varied playing styles of play in Switzerland

5:35 Playing style of hockey in Sweden, the culture in Sweden vs. Switzerland


8:50 His children, taking his kids on the ice for the first time, his son not taking to hockey yet

10:35 Playing four imports at a time in Switzerland

Former Huskies All-American forward joins The Rink Live's Mick Hatten on the Huskies Hockey Insider Podcast

11:35 Playing in the AHL in the Flyers organization after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and playing two pro seasons with former SCSU defenseman Oliver Lauridsen and how smart Lauridsen is

17:00 The lifestyle transition of playing college hockey to pro hockey, playing against the other team and competing with teammates

21:00 Only regret of his career and then playing one season in Austria

23:25 His one season playing in Munich, the German culture

25:00 Playing hockey in Virginia, two older brothers playing hockey and his dad being a coach, the amount of travel in youth hockey there, the van they traveled in

29:00 How he got to Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep, playing for former North Star J.P. Parise, playing soccer and lacrosse


33:35 Why he didn't play a third season at Shattuck-St. Mary's, playing three seasons for the Indiana Ice in the USHL, not joining SCSU in 2006

40:00 What his dream college was growing up

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.

41:30 Having 143 penalty minutes in the USHL in 2006-07

43:15 A scary injury his junior year of college, not playing in the WCHA championship game

46:30 Beating Northern Michigan, having a goal and two assists in 4-3 double overtime NCAA win

50:00 Former teammate Garrett Raboin being named Augustana's head coach and Roe wanting to become a coach at some point

51:30 Memories of his time at SCSU, ping pong table rankings, two rivalries that stick out

54:30 Mr. Hockey Ben Hanowski and how he loved pestering Roe


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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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