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Ryan Lasch discusses his best season as a pro ... at 35, the difference in European leagues, SCSU memories

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

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Ryan Lasch had 79 goals, 104 assists and 183 points in 161 college games for St. Cloud State University from 2006-10. Lasch remains the program's leader in career points. In 2021-22, he had the best season of his pro career and led the Swedish Hockey League in both assists (53) and points (66) at the age of 35.

Ryan Lasch has been a scorer wherever he has gone. He led the CCHL in scoring in juniors in 2005-06, remains St. Cloud State's all-time career leader in points (183) and has led the Finnish and Swedish pro leagues in scoring. He ended up being a three-time All-WCHA pick, was an All-American and a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as a junior for the Huskies. He has spent the bulk of his pro career in Sweden. A fun discussion about the hockey career of Lasch and all of its interesting twists and turns with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.

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.


Where he is at since the season ended

2:00 Leading the Swedish Hockey League in assists and points and having a career-best season ... at age 35

3:35 Are his offseason workouts changing as he gets older


5:00 Playing the majority of his career in Sweden and for Frolunda HC in Gothenburg

7:00 Playing the 2020-21 season in Finland, Switzerland. Rough first games after 7 months off

9:30 Differences between playing professionally in Finland vs. Sweden, which league they will block shots with their faces

12:05 What fans are like in Sweden, Switzerland. Which country are they tougher on the refs?

13:40 After leading the Swedish league in scoring three times, is he a celebrity in Sweden?

14:45 How good is his Swedish? Tough to learn that vs. his wife's native language (Finnish)

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.

16:00 Having played in Finland and Sweden, describe the rivalry between the two countries

17:00 Foreign player limits in Europe, language used by coaching staff ... tends to go to native language during rough times


19:20 What the pro hockey is like in Switzerland

20:40 Playing in the World Championships for Team USA in 2012 in Helsinki

21:45 Playing for 2 AHL teams, 1 ECHL team and in Sweden ... all in 2012-13

24:00 Growing up in southern California, how he started playing hockey, wanting to see college hockey in the state and the travel involved to play hockey in California

27:10 How he ended up playing junior hockey in Pembroke for the Lumber Kings in the CCHL at age 16, tough love from his mom

30:00 How he caught the eyes of college hockey recruiters (147 points) his last season of junior, getting on SCSU assistant coach Fred Harbinson's radar

32:00 MSU-Mankato, Northeastern showing recruiting interest ... Bob Motzko making an emergency trip to Pembroke, how he got a scholarship offer

35:00 Memories of playing for SCSU (2006-10), Nate Raduns, Dan Kronick, Bobby Goepfert, other teammates


37:00 What sticks out as memories about playing for Bob Motzko

37:45 Former teammate Garrett Raboin now being a head coach, how he hasn't heard from him since he got the Augustana head coaching job

38:40 Memories of beating Northern Michigan in double overtime for the program's first NCAA win in 2010

CC Bowlby helped the Hornets win three Class AA state titles. She led Dartmouth in scoring as a senior and had other offers, but chose to try to help the Huskies take another step.
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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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