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PREVIEW: Tech hosts NMU in exhibition hockey –

PREVIEW: Tech hosts NMU in exhibition hockey


• Michigan Tech hosts Northern Michigan Saturday (Oct. 2) in an exhibition game at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m.
• The Huskies and Wildcats play four times in the regular season in CCHA action on November 12-13 and January 21-22.
• Tech opens the regular season at No. 11 Wisconsin next weekend (Oct. 8-9).
• The regular-season home opener is October 15 against Notre Dame.
• Tech received votes in both national preseason polls.

• Michigan Tech last hosted an exhibition game against an NCAA opponent on October 10, 1981.
• The Huskies defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 6-3 that night at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

• Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ broadcasts all Michigan Tech hockey games. Fans can listen live on the radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at or, or by using your favorite radio streaming app.
• Dirk Hembroff will call all the action in his 20th year behind the microphone.

• Saturday’s game will not be aired on
• All other Michigan Tech home and CCHA games during the 2021-22 season will be live-streamed on
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• Senior forwards Trenton Bliss and Alec Broetzman are the captains of the Huskies. Broetzman wore the C as a junior and Bliss had an A.
• Senior defensemen Eric Gotz and Colin Swoyer are alternate captains for the second straight season.

2,099Mark Sinclair is third in the country with 2,099 career saves.
147Justin Misiak ranks fourth in the nation with 147 career games played.
.927Blake Pietila is fifth in the nation with a .927 career save percentage.
7 – Seven former Huskies were at NHL Training Camps.
3rd – Tech was picked third in the CCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
3 – Tech has three new transfers on the roster with Michael Karow (Boston College), Matthew Quercia (Boston University), and Tyrone Bronte (Alabama Huntsville).

• Head coach Joe Shawhan is in his fifth season behind the bench. His 22 wins in his first season tied for the most ever by a Michigan Tech coach. Jim Nahrgang won 22 games in 1982-83.
• Shawhan was hired on May 30, 2017, after serving as an assistant coach for the Huskies over the previous three seasons.
• Joe Shawhan won his 50th game as head coach of the Huskies on January 24, 2020, with a 2-1 victory over Ferris State.

• The Joe Shawhan Hour can be heard every Monday morning at 10 a.m. on Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ.
• Host Dirk Hembroff and Coach Shawhan talk about the previous weekend and the upcoming matchup.
• Fans can listen live to the Joe Shawhan Hour on the radio at Mix 93.5 FM WKMJ, online at or, or by using your favorite radio streaming app. The show will also be posted for on-demand listeners at

Colin Swoyer – WCHA Second Team (2020-21)
Trenton Bliss – WCHA Third Team (2020-21)
Arvid Caderoth – All-WCHA Rookie Team (2020-21)
Brian Halonen – All-WCHA Rookie Team (2018-19)

• Seven former Huskies were at NHL Training Camps.
• Pheonix Copley – Washington Capitals
• Tanner Kero – Dallas Stars
• Jujhar Khaira – Chicago Blackhawks
• Joel L’Esperance – Dallas Stars
• Jake Lucchini – Montreal Canadiens
• Mitch Reinke – Pittsburgh Penguins
• Matt Roy – LA Kings

• Tech plays seven nonconference games this season.
• The season opens with a series at Wisconsin on October 8-9.
• Tech welcomes Notre Dame to the MacInnes Student Ice Arena on October 15 for the first time since January 1982.
• The Huskies travel to Clarkson for the second time in the last five seasons.
• The GLI will be a showcase with the Huskies playing at Michigan on December 29 and Michigan State on December 30.

Michael Karow comes to Tech after four seasons and 131 games at Boston College. He played against the Huskies in the Ice Vegas Invitational when Tech won 4-3. Karow is a San Jose Draft pick and played youth hockey with Trenton Bliss.
Matthew Quercia played three seasons and 81 games at Boston University. He comes to Tech with 18 collegiate points (nine goals, nine assists). Quercia and Colin Swoyer were teammates in the USHL at Sioux Falls.
Tyrone Bronte was an All-WCHA Rookie Team pick at Alabama Huntsville last season. He had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 22 games. The Melbourne, Australia native played with Chris Lipe in Dubuque for a couple of games.

Colin Swoyer was named to the Preseason All-CCHA Team, while Trenton Bliss also received votes for the squad.
• Swoyer was named to the All-WCHA Second Team as a junior and was also on the WCHA All-Academic Team, the WCHA Defenseman of the Month for February, and was a four-time WCHA Defenseman of the Week.
• Swoyer was second in the WCHA amongst defensemen with 17 points, scoring three goals and tallying 13 assists. He led Tech skaters with a plus-9 rating and led WCHA blueliners with 71 shots on goal.

• Tech was selected third in CCHA Preseason Coaches’ Poll behind Minnesota State and Bemidji State.
• Tech finished the 2020-21 season with a 17-12-1 overall record. The Huskies were 7-7 in the WCHA and placed fifth in the final standings.

Tech returns 24 players from last season with 14 forwards, 7 defensemen, and all three goaltenders.

Tech has five freshmen on the roster. The class consists of forwards Levi Stauber, Alex Nordstrom, Marcus Pedersen, and defensemen Grant Docter and Trevor Russell.

• Michigan Tech will host a 100-year hockey reunion on August 4-6, 2022 in Houghton.
• Very few collegiate hockey programs can celebrate important milestones in their history and Michigan Tech Hockey joined the elite ranks as 100-year-old legends.