St. Cloud Blizzard
The St. Cloud Blizzard is a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's (NAHL) Central Division. The Blizzard play out of the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The team consists of players ranging in age from 16–20 years old who relocate from anywhere in the United States, with a limited number of international players. The team plays a 60-game schedule from September to March.
|St. Cloud Blizzard|
|City||St. Cloud, Minnesota|
|League||North American Hockey League|
|Home arena||St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex|
|Colors||Green, blue, and white |
|Owner(s)||Chris and Mitri Canavati|
|General manager||Moe Mantha Jr. (2017–18)|
|Head coach||Moe Mantha Jr. (2017–18)|
|2019–present||St. Cloud Blizzard|
The team began in the 2003–04 season as the Minnesota Blizzard based in Alexandria, Minnesota. In 2006, the team was re-branded as the Alexandria Blizzard and played at the Runestone Community Center. From 2012 to 2019 , the organization played at the Larson Ice Center in Brookings, South Dakota, as the Brookings Blizzard.
|2004–05||56||28||24||4||60||159||198||1,360||4th, Central||Lost 1st Round, 0–3 vs. Fargo-Moorhead Jets|
|2005–06||58||24||29||5||53||158||219||1,235||4th, Central||Lost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Southern Minnesota Express|
|2006–07||62||28||29||5||61||165||193||1,325||3rd, Central||Lost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Southern Minnesota Express|
|2007–08||58||29||25||4||62||222||223||1,517||3rd, Central||Won 1st Round, 3–2 vs. Southern Minnesota Express|
Won 2nd Round, 3–2 vs. Springfield Jr. Blues
Eliminated (0–3) in Robertson Cup Round Robin
(L, 2–3 vs. Bandits; L, 2–4 vs. RoadRunners; L, 1–6 vs. Phantoms)
|2008–09||58||26||26||6||58||180||201||1,215||4th, Central||Lost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats|
|2009–10||58||30||22||6||66||180||166||870||3rd, Central||Won 1st Round, 3–1 vs. Owatonna Express|
Lost 2nd Round, 0–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
|2010–11||58||33||19||6||72||208||177||923||1st, Central||Lost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats|
|2011–12||60||40||15||5||85||212||156||815||2nd, Central||Lost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Austin Bruins|
|2012–13||60||32||23||5||69||175||179||1204||3rd, Central||Lost 1st Round, 0–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats|
|2013–14||60||18||34||8||44||132||206||1263||5th, Central||Did not qualify|
|2014–15||60||19||32||9||47||141||206||968||5th, Central||Did not qualify|
|2015–16||60||25||29||6||56||149||200||985||4th, Central||Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats|
|2016–17||60||30||25||5||65||192||193||973||3rd, Central||Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Minnesota Wilderness|
|2017–18||60||23||30||7||53||169||211||778||6th, Central||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||60||11||44||5||27||115||242||878||6th, Central||Did not qualify|
About one third of the NAHL roster end up committing to a NCAA school. Below are Brookings Blizzard players that have made NCAA Division I commitments.
|Andrle, Connor||United States Military Academy||Atlantic Hockey||2013–14|
|Bitz, Michael||Bemidji State University||WCHA||2012–13|
|Brevig, Drew||Ohio State University||Big 10||2012–13|
|Cavallini, Aidan||University of Wisconsin||Big 10||2012–13|
|Connor, Girard||United States Air Force Academy||Atlantic Hockey||2013–14|
|DeCenzo, Nick||United States Military Academy||Atlantic Hockey||2013–14|
|Gameli, Chase||Lake Superior State University||WCHA||2015–16|
|Gauthier, Will||Lake Superior State University||WCHA||2015–16|
|Hakkarainen, Mikael||Providence College||Hockey East||2017–18|
|Jeszka, Griff||University of Massachusetts||Hockey East||2016–17|
|Marooney, Cody||University of Alabama-Huntsville||WCHA||2012–13|
|Parker, Brandon||University of Alabama-Huntsville||WCHA||2013–14|
|Samec, T.J.||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||ECAC Hockey||2016–17|
|Youso, Matt||University of Nebraska-Omaha||NCHC||2013–14|
- "Minnesota Blizzard Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
- "NAHL announces relocation of Brookings Blizzard to St. Cloud, Minnesota". NAL. Jun 3, 2019.
- "Numbers don't lie: NAHL one of the best for NCAA commitments". NAHL. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
- "College Commitments List: 2015-2015 Season". NAHL. Retrieved 2016-01-15.