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SCSU's Nick Perbix named NCHC Player of the Month

Huskies senior has big month of January before leaving to join the US Olympic team

St. Cloud State defenseman Nick Perbix (25) makes a pass against Bemidji State during the first period Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
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Nick Perbix is headed off to the Olympics after an impressive month of January.

Perbix, a senior defenseman from Elk River, was named NCHC Player of the Month for January. Perbix, a Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick, had two goals and a conference-leading 12 points in five January games.

On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 3-3 tie at North Dakota. He is in Los Angeles for a brief camp with Team USA before the team heads off to China for the Olympics. He is there with teammate Sam Hentges and Huskies head coach Brett Larson, who is serving as an assistant coach for the Americans.

Perbix, an All-NCHC Second Team pick last season, tied an NCHC record with six points (one goal, five assists) in an 11-1 win over Miami on Jan. 21. Five of Perbix's assists on the month came on the power play, which the Huskies lead NCAA Division I with in efficiency at 37.8%.

Perbix ranks third nationally among defensemen in assists with 20 and is ninth in points with 23 in 22 games. His 20 assists are a career-best and his 23 points tie his career-best mark for a season.


Perbix is now eligible for Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) National Player of the Month, which will be announced on Thursday.

St. Cloud State (5-4-1 NCHC, 14-7-1 overall) plays Denver (10-3-0, 18-5-1) at 8 p.m. Friday (CBS Sports Network) at Magness Arena.

Magnus Chrona
Courtesy of NCHC

Denver junior Magnus Chrona was named NCHC Goaltender of the Month after going 6-0-1 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .920 save percentage, all of which led the conference in January. For the season, he is 17-4-1 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.11 goals-against average (13th nationally) and four shutouts.

Chrona is eligible for HCA National Goaltender of the Month, which will be announced on Thursday.

Western Michigan forward Max Sasson and Miami forward Red Savage have been named NCHC Co-Rookies of the Month.

Sasson, who is from Birmingham, Mich., had two goals and three assists in four games for the Broncos. Sasson has five goals and five assists in 24 games this season.

Savage, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, led NCHC freshmen in goals for the month with five goals and had eight points in nine games for the month. The Detroit Red Wings draft pick has six goals and nine assists in 25 games this season.

Asson and Savage are eligible for HCA National Rookie of the Month, which will be announced on Thursday.


The forward and defenseman were among the selections announced Thursday. Hentges, who is from New Brighton, is a Minnesota Wild draft pick. Perbix, who is from Elk River, is a Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick.
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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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