Editor's notes: Just a heads up that there are a few curse words in this episode.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Forwards Tony Gruba, Greg Hagen, Fred Knipscheer and Dan O'Shea played for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team early in the NCAA Division I era, from 1989-94. The Huskies joined the WCHA in 1990 and won more than 20 games for the first time in the DI era in 1993-94 (21-13-4) and took fourth in conference.
The players get together here to share stories about their college careers.
Gruba played forward for the Huskies from 1990-94. In 138 college games, he had 40 goals, 71 assists, 111 points and 295 penalty minutes. In the Division I era, he is second in the program's career penalty minutes list and is tied for 27th in career points. He played one season of pro hockey in North America and two seasons of pro roller hockey.
Hagen played forward for the Huskies from 1990-93. In 93 games, he had 35 goals, 27 assists, 62 points and 64 penalty minutes. He is one of 25 Huskies to score 21 or more goals in a season (21 in 1992-93) in the Division I era. Hagen played two seasons of pro hockey in North America after leaving St. Cloud State.
Knipscheer played forward for the Huskies from 1990-93. In 109 games, he had 58 goals, 53 assists, 111 points and 173 penalty minutes. He is tied for 11th on the program's career goal list and tied for 27th in career points. In 1992-93, he scored 34 goals and 60 points are both the second-most in a season for a St. Cloud State player in the Division I era. After signing with the Boston Bruins in 1993, his pro rookie season, he played in 62 games in the American Hockey League and then 11 regular season games with the Bruins and 12 games in the NHL playoffs. He played professional hockey until 2000.
O'Shea played forward for the Huskies from 1989-93. In 124 games, he had 29 goals, 38 assists, 67 points and 185 penalty minutes. He played one season of pro hockey in North America.
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A former goaltender at Notre Dame and volunteer goaltending coach for the Wisconsin women's hockey team, Karr brings almost two decades of experience leading NCAA Division II athletic departments that also feature NCAA Division I hockey programs.
The 25-year-old from Littleton, Colo., talks about his college hockey experiences, playing pro hockey, growing up with Troy Terry, Brandon Carlo and his favorite St. Cloud State memories on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with Mick Hatten.