Nick Perbix gives snapshots of this season's SCSU team, discusses his Elk River hockey family, the Olympics

Senior defenseman talks about key elements to this season's Huskies, summarizes each of the team's defensemen, his rivalry with his brother, Jack, being named to the Olympic team and pheasant hunting

St. Cloud State's Nick Perbix (25) skates past Colorado College's Ben Copeland during the third period Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud. Perbix was named to the NCHC All-Rookie team on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
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Senior defenseman Nick Perbix talks about the reasons for the success of the special teams for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team. He also discusses the fastest players on the team, gives summaries of the other Huskies defensemen, discusses growing up in Elk River, his brother playing for the Gophers, his dad being a former college player, being named to the Olympic team, pheasant hunting and what it's like to play a game at Ralph Engelstad Arena. All of this and more with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast.


0:00 Opening with being named NCHC Defenseman of the Week, keys to his hot streak for points

2:40 Some of the reasons for SCSU leading the nation in power-play percentage

5:30 Penalty kill keys to success, helping SCSU score a goal with two players in the penalty box, his joke with Dave Shyiak


7:20 Fastest Huskies on this season's team

7:50 Summarizes the other defensemen on the team: Spencer Meier, Seamus Donohue, Brendan Bushy, Jack Peart, Josh Luedtke, Luke Jaycox, Brady Ziemer, Ondrej Trejbal

13:40 David Hrenak and Trejbal speaking a foreign language, their upbeat personalities

15:04 MSU-Mankato's Kelsey King playing peewee hockey with his brother, Jack, and what makes her a good player

16:20 The personality differences between Nick and Jack, not liking him when he plays for the Gophers, playing against him, his mother's attire at SCSU vs. U of M games, his dad playing at Gustavus

20:20 Being named to the Olympic team, how he found out, unprepared for the trip less than a week away, his favorite non-hockey Olympic events

24:50 Pheasant hunting for the first time

26:15 What it's like to play at Ralph Engelstad Arena


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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