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How the new SCSU women's head coach took the hinges off the office door, plus a look at the 8 new Huskies

A conversation with Huskies associate head coach Jinelle Siergiej, who is beginning her ninth season with the team.

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Jinelle Siergiej
Contributed by St. Cloud State University

Shortly after the 2021-22 women's hockey season ended, St. Cloud State head coach Steve Macdonald was fired on March 16 .

New head coach Brian Idalski did not have his first day on the job until June 2 . Associate head coach Jinelle Siergiej and assistant coach Molly Engstrom were in charge of keeping the recruits, current players together and with working in the transfer portal to find some new players until Idalski was hired.

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Then Engstrom left to be the head coach at the University of Maine and Siergiej went to work with Idalski to find a new assistant coach. There's been a lot of change and Siergiej discusses the process, discusses the new playing style for the Huskies and gives a scouting report on the eight new players on the roster.

All this and more on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.

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:50 Getting exhibitions in this weekend

1:20 Stylistic changes under new head coach Brian Idalski, challenges of getting a new system, women's players wanting to know why

3:20 The freshman class:
D Lauren Tuzik, who has played for Idalski before

4:33 F Svenja Voigt, who is from Germany and her connection to former SCSU F Laura Kluge

5:28 G Julia Bachetti, the long recruiting process

6:35 D Regan Bulger, former Shattuck-St. Mary's player

She spent the last two seasons playing for the University of New Hampshire. She chose St. Cloud State, despite the Huskies being in the process of interviewing new head coaches at the time.

7:25 F Laura Zimmerman, an Olympian from Switzerland and her connection to former SCSU G Janine Alder
9:00 Working with the transfer portal with the unknown of the head coaching position after Steve Macdonald was let go

11:50 The transfers:
F Avery Myers, who played at New Hampshire and is from Fargo, N.D.

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12:33 F Baily Burton, who is from Bloomington, Minn., and played at Providence

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.

13:33 G JoJo Chobak, who is from Chicago and played at UMD, the goalie work load

16:05 New volunteer goalie coach Megan Van Beusekom-Sweerin , who has been a teammate of Siergiej's

She spent the last 3 seasons as the head coach of the Stillwater girls hockey team after four seasons at Wayzata High School and Hamline University. Jalosuo played in 2 Olympics, 9 world championships for Finland

16:35 New assistant coach Mira Jalosuo, a former University of Minnesota and Finnish national team D, who was the head girls coach at Stillwater. Being a former international player, how that helps her with her role with the Huskies

18:40 New head coach Brian Idalski and their Wisconsin connections that go back to when she was age 15, first impressions of working with him
21:30 The returning scoring led by Taylor Lind, Emma Gentry, Jenniinna Nylund, Klara Hymlarova . The challenges that Nylund and Hymlarova had with playing in the Olympics, college last season.

24:30 Hymlarova dealing with injuries last season, winning a bronze medal with Czechia at world championships

25:30 Running her own summer camp, Husky Pups, being on the ice with her two boys

27:15 Former SCSU player Amanda Pickett , the connection between the St. Cloud Crush and the Huskies

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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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