St. Cloud StateThis weekend is the NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. Leading up to this weekend's events, we're chatting with one player from each of the teams involved. Look for interviews through Thursday. Today, it's Ben Hanowski from St. Cloud State.
The night Jarome Iginla was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Cloud State senior Ben Hanowski was watching the win 6-5 shootout victory of the Montreal Canadiens over the Boston Bruins.
Like many of us, Hanowski went to bed that night believing the Calgary Flames captain was destined for the Bruins. When he awoke, his phone was jammed with text messages and voicemails about how he was now a member of the Flames after Iginla ended up with the Penguins.
"It was definitely a unique day," Hanowski said during a phone interview last Monday. "That happening and then us going to the regional and making it to the Frozen Four; the last five day have kind of been a whirlwind. It was a week I'll always remember."
Hanowski's week began with that trade and ended with St. Cloud State's first ever trip to the Frozen Four this week at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The senior captain would score the opening goal in the Huskies' 5-1 victory over Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional semifinal before celebrating a trip to the Steel City with 4-1 win over Miami University the next day.
"It's still a pretty surreal feeling," said Hanowski. "It hasn't quite sunk in yet. I'm pretty exciting. My voice is gone from a lot of yelling."
It's been a over a week since the victory and Hanowski and the St. Cloud State have had their eyes set on top-seeded Quinnipiac in the second half of the Frozen Four doubleheader Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
We spoke with Hanowski last week about his trade to the Flames, scoring big goals, the Huskies' season turnaround, and his charitable efforts. Enjoy.Read More »from Puck Daddy chats with St. Cloud State’s Ben Hanowski about Iginla trade, Frozen Four and ‘Locks of Love’