R.J. Enga discusses getting back to being an assistant, SCSU's roster, 2 new Huskies he's coached before

Enga, who spent last season as the director of hockey operations/video coordinator, talks about his new role with the team, how the Huskies will try to replace the offense that graduated, gives an overview of Grant Cruikshank, Dominic Basse. He discusses all this and more on this episode of the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast.

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R.J. Enga
Courtesy of Colorado College

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — During the offseason, R.J. Enga got an opportunity to move back into a role he knows well: being an assistant hockey coach.

Enga replaces Nick Oliver, who left the Huskies to become the head coach of the Fargo Force.

Enga was an assistant coach for Colorado College (2014-21), the USHL's Chicago Steel (2012-14) and NAHL's Topeka Roadrunners (2009-11) before getting to St. Cloud State as the director of hockey operations/video coordinator for the men's hockey team last fall.


Enga talks about what he will be in charge of with SCSU, what he missed about coaching, the Huskies looking to replace 44.4% of their goals and 43% of their points from last season, gives scouting reports on former CC players Grant Cruikshank and Dominic Basse and more on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.



:30 What his first season at SCSU was like

1:50 His areas of emphasis with the Huskies this season

4:15 Transfers Grant Cruikshank and Dominic Basse, whom Enga coached at Colorado College

7:30 Will Cruikshank play wing or center for SCSU?

8:30 The changes that go with 10 new players on the roster, the culture at SCSU

11:45 Trying to replace 59 goals, 156 points from last season, veterans helping by stepping up

14:45 How the Huskies will replace a number of special teams players

17:00 What he missed about coaching


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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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