A generous gift of 1.8 million from Foundation 94 established by Henry and Angelena Blattner is providing funding for student support and the fan experience. This includes resources for a strength and conditioning coach and support for student-athlete mental health and leadership programming. Such investments will have a positive impact on student success, providing the University with more capacity to offer individualized student support.
Additionally, the 2022-23 season for St. Cloud State University’s Men’s and Women’s Hockey will have an enhanced experience for fans thanks to updates made to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.
“Huskies hockey is a wonderful brand ambassador for St. Cloud State and extends our regional reach in powerful ways,” St. Cloud State President Dr. Robbyn Wacker said. “In addition to increasing resources for the physical and mental health of our student athletes, this gift extends to our fans and how they experience a home game when they come out to cheer on our athletes.”
“The Athletics Department and hockey programs are so excited to see these improvements to the facility,” Interim Director of Athletics Holly Schreiner said. “We know that the overall fan experience is critical to our program success and believe these upgrades will elevate that experience.”
Updates to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center include replacing analog video scoreboards with the latest digital technology, providing an enhanced experience to amp up the energy in the arena. Improvements also include audio and acoustics in the Hockey Center, taking the Husky energy up a notch.
“We are so thankful for Henry and Angel Blattner’s generous gifts to support the total student-athlete experience, on and off the ice,” Men’s Hockey Head Coach Brett Larson said. When thinking about the improvements to the fan experience of the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center, Coach Larson says, “Our Husky fans make our center one of the best environments in college hockey, and we’re excited to reward them with new videoboards and an enhanced sound system to further engage and cheer on our program for years to come.”