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
CitySt. Cloud, Minnesota
LeagueNorth American Hockey League
Home arenaSt. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex
ColorsGreen, blue, and white
Owner(s)Chris and Mitri Canavati
General managerMoe Mantha Jr. (2017–18)
Head coachMoe Mantha Jr. (2017–18)
Franchise history
2003–2006Minnesota Blizzard
2006–2012Alexandria Blizzard
2012–2019Brookings Blizzard
2019–presentSt. Cloud Blizzard

The team began in the 2003–04 season as the Minnesota Blizzard based in Alexandria, Minnesota.[1] 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.[2]

Season-by-season records

Minnesota Blizzard
2004–055628244601591981,3604th, CentralLost 1st Round, 0–3 vs. Fargo-Moorhead Jets
2005–065824295531582191,2354th, CentralLost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Southern Minnesota Express
Alexandria Blizzard
2006–076228295611651931,3253rd, CentralLost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Southern Minnesota Express
2007–085829254622222231,5173rd, CentralWon 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)
2008–095826266581802011,2154th, CentralLost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2009–105830226661801668703rd, CentralWon 1st Round, 3–1 vs. Owatonna Express
Lost 2nd Round, 0–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2010–115833196722081779231st, CentralLost 1st Round, 2–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2011–126040155852121568152nd, CentralLost 1st Round, 1–3 vs. Austin Bruins
Brookings Blizzard
2012–1360322356917517912043rd, CentralLost 1st Round, 0–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2013–1460183484413220612635th, CentralDid not qualify
2014–156019329471412069685th, CentralDid not qualify
2015–166025296561492009854th, CentralLost Div. Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Bismarck Bobcats
2016–176030255651921939733rd, CentralLost Div. Semifinals, 2–3 vs. Minnesota Wilderness
2017–186023307531692117786th, CentralDid not qualify
2018–196011445271152428786th, CentralDid not qualify

College commitments

About one third of the NAHL roster end up committing to a NCAA school.[3] Below are Brookings Blizzard players that have made NCAA Division I commitments.[4]

PlayerSchoolConferenceCollege Commitment
Andrle, ConnorUnited States Military AcademyAtlantic Hockey2013–14
Bitz, MichaelBemidji State UniversityWCHA2012–13
Brevig, DrewOhio State UniversityBig 102012–13
Cavallini, AidanUniversity of WisconsinBig 102012–13
Connor, GirardUnited States Air Force AcademyAtlantic Hockey2013–14
DeCenzo, NickUnited States Military AcademyAtlantic Hockey2013–14
Gameli, ChaseLake Superior State UniversityWCHA2015–16
Gauthier, WillLake Superior State UniversityWCHA2015–16
Hakkarainen, MikaelProvidence CollegeHockey East2017–18
Jeszka, GriffUniversity of MassachusettsHockey East2016–17
Marooney, CodyUniversity of Alabama-HuntsvilleWCHA2012–13
Parker, BrandonUniversity of Alabama-HuntsvilleWCHA2013–14
Samec, T.J.Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteECAC Hockey2016–17
Youso, MattUniversity of Nebraska-OmahaNCHC2013–14


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