The St Cloud Blizzard of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) is proud to announce, effective immediately, its new name changes and rebrand to the St. Cloud Norsemen.
Late last summer the team relocated from Brookings, SD to St. Cloud, MN and did not have enough time to properly address all aspects of the move and connect with their new home in Central Minnesota. During this offseason management and marketing quickly started working on a name change and new identity that would suit the Greater St Cloud community and portray the characteristics and values of the team. It was through this exercise that the inspiration for the Norsemen came to be.
“The most important aspect of a team’s brand identity change is that it resonates with audiences and reflects who you are as an organization” said Amy Hefti, the Marketing Director for the team. “We built the identity change with both our surrounding communities and our players in mind. The Norsemen are symbolic and aligns with heritage of Central Minnesota and are a legend our players can embrace. The Norsemen name and logo personifies the team in a way that allows us to connect with both fans and sponsors in a more meaningful way.”
“While the game of hockey is fast and often graceful, it also requires courage, grit, and resiliency, that’s what I like about our new name and logo” said the team’s General Manager and former Stanley Cup winner, Tom Chorske. Our organization exists as a pathway to help young men achieve their goal of playing college hockey which requires all those traits. We also think we can have some fun with it…which is another element of the sport and our games” added Chorske.
In the coming months, to the extent that is permitted, look for The Norsemen to host events, partner with others, and volunteer in the community so that the people of St Cloud can get better acquainted with the team. The team plans to handout items with the new logo at these events and will be offering merchandise for sale online.
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The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Evan Sivets has committed to play ACHA hockey for Iowa State University.
Sivets, 20, is in his second season playing junior hockey and his first season with the Blizzard. The 5’10/160 lbs. native of Medina, Minnesota, had 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 41 games played during the 2019-20 season.
Sivets started the season with the North Iowa Bulls and was acquired by the Blizzard via trade. Sivets spent his first season of junior hockey in Florida where he registered 10 points in 42 games played.
“We are very proud of Evan and his commitment to develop and earn his spot at the next level. Evan came in about a third of the way through the season and provided the team with veteran leadership and set an example with his outstanding work ethic. He showed up every day ready to go and competed at a high level. We look forward to watching Evan continue to grow and develop at Iowa State,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.
The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced its award winners for the 2019-20 season, which include: Most Valuable Player, Forward of the Year, Defenseman of the Year, Goaltender of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, General Manager of the Year and Organization of the Year, along with its All-NA3HL 1st, 2nd, 3rd and All-Rookie Teams, Community Service, Leadership and Academic Award. The awards are voted on by the league’s head coaches and general managers, based upon performance during the 2019-20 regular season.
Community Service Award: Brandon Connett, Alexandria Blizzard
Connett, 20, practiced and help coach the Special Olympic Hockey team in Alexandria, helping to conduct practices and pushed players on sleds. Connett also participated in the local Alzheimer’s Walk and Christmas Parade, where he also helped serve dinner at the Senior Citizen Center. He also passed out Candy at the Halloween Parade and Haunted House. Connett also took time out to work and volunteer with an after school compass program with local elementary schools in town. Connett also received a Service Award from the Alexandria Youth Hockey Association for all his work he has done this year. This year marked the first time that they have given this award to anybody. “I’ve had two players win this award in the past eight years and Brandon has gone well beyond the things they did. I’ve never had a player accomplish the things he has done in the community this year,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse. Connett, who is an NAPHL grad, was named to the All-NA3HL 2nd Team this season and is committed to play NCAA hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Dylan Carlson has committed to play ACHA hockey for the University of Jamestown Jimmies.
Carlson, 20, just finished his first season playing junior hockey in the NA3HL. The 5’7/160 lbs. native of Coleriane, Minnesota, had 12 points (7 goals, 5 assist) in 38 games played during the 2019-20 season.
“Dylan is a very intelligent and smart forward who will be extremely reliable in all situations on the ice.. after talking to Dylan the first time in the recruiting process I knew right away that this was a player I wanted… his knowledge and character for the game of hockey will be extremely valuable In continuing the success of Jimmie Hockey.. Welcome to the Jimmie family Dylan and thank you for an outstanding individual Alexandria Blizzard!!“ said Jimmies head coach Dean Stork.
“We are very proud of Dylan and his commitment to develop and earn his spot at the next level. Dylan came in this year after taking two years off from hockey and improved every single day. He was in a unique situation being in the National Guard and playing junior hockey simultaneously. He showed up every day ready to go and competed at a high level. We look forward to watching Dylan continue to grow and develop at the next level,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.
The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that defenseman Mathias Branton has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Hamline University.
Branton, 20, is in his first season with the Blizzard and final season playing junior hockey. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Corcoran, Minnesota, has 20 points (1 goal, 19 assists) in 40 games played during the 2019-20 season.
Last season, Branton had 30 points in 42 junior games played. Over the course of his junior career, he has recorded 50 points in 82 games played to date.
“Mathias is a responsible and solid student and athlete who will bring a strong compete to our program,” said Piper head coach Cory Laylin.
“We are very proud of Matt and his commitment to develop and earn his spot at Hamline University. Matt has been a great addition to our defensive unit this season. Matt shows up every day and competes at a high level. We look forward to watching him continue to grow and develop at the next level,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.