How SCSU junior got the nickname JoJo, the origins of her playing goalie and joking with the head coach

Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with goalie JoJo Chobak, who also talks about her decision to transfer from Minnesota Duluth, where her interest in hockey came from growing up in Chicago and more.


JoJo Chobak has one of the more unique nicknames in women's hockey. Name another JoJo that you have heard of. Her given name is Violet, but we learn where her nickname came from, how it is typically only used by people in and around hockey. Chobak also talks about growing up in Chicago, how she and her two older siblings got involved in hockey.

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She discusses playing boys hockey and the differences in the way that boys and girls are coached. She also discusses playing for new head coach Brian Idalski and how she is able to joke around with him and how "he's actually a softy." A fun Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with host Mick Hatten.

Chobak and the Huskies (2-6 WCHA, 4-6 overall) play a WCHA series this weekend at Bemidji State (1-7, 3-8-1). The teams play at 3 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Center (B1G+).

Chobak, who was a backup goalie the last two seasons for the Bulldogs, also made the decision as St. Cloud State University was looking for a new women's head coach. Before playing in college, she played for the Chicago Young Americans.


:40 Getting first WCHA sweep of the season against St. Thomas


1:20 What the team learned from playing Ohio State, Wisconsin and Minnesota

2:15 Key steps this weekend for SCSU against Bemidji State this weekend

3:15 What it's been like transferring to SCSU from UMD

4:20 Getting ready to major in nursing

5:30 What her parents do for a living, why her mom has seen her play a lot this season

6:30 What it's been like splitting time with Sanni Ahola in goal, why it's different at SCSU vs. splitting time at UMD, what it's been like getting to know Sanni

8:15 What do the goalies talk about during game breaks

9:25 What it has been like working with head coach Brian Idalski and his coaching staff, how she had worked with him previously, joking with him


10:30 Working with volunteer goalie coach Megan Van Beusekom-Sweerin, goalie clinic atmosphere

12:05 Dealing with giving up goals, her mindset in net

13:30 The fun side of Brian Idalski, his shootout prowess

14:45 Similarities, differences between playing for Idalski and UMD coach Maura Crowell

15:45 Anticipating what it will be like playing against the Bulldogs

16:30 Getting to know the Huskies players

17:45 What it has been like playing with Olympians Klara Hymlarova and Jenniina Nylund

18:45 How did she and her two siblings start playing hockey in Chicago, how many arenas there are in the Chicago area


20:45 Playing boys hockey growing up, how boys are coached differently than girls

22:20 Began playing forward in hockey, how she ended up playing goalie, memories of her first game in goal

24:05 Is she Violet, Viola or JoJo ... or all three? Where did JoJo come from? Her multiple personalities

26:20 Which teammates she is living with in an apartment

27:00 Training over the summer at college vs. at home

27:40 White Sox or Cubs? What Chicago was like when both teams won the World Series

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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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