From left to right: Micah Miller (15), Nick Poehling (7), Jack Poehling (3), Brendan Bushy (18), and Luke Jaycox (6) celebrate the game-tying goal from the first line of the Huskies, who now have 11 points in their last three games. Photo courtesy of SCSU men’s hockey
After four strong years at St. Cloud State University, Jack and Nick Poehling are moving on to the professional level. In early October, the brothers both reached a two-way deal in the AHL with the Ontario Reign for the upcoming 2020-2021 season.
Natives of Lakeville, Minnesota, the Poehlings came to SCSU after strong high school careers back in 2016 with their younger brother Ryan who is now in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. The former alternate captains helped lead the Huskies to two winning seasons that led to consecutive regular season championships in the NCHC. Jack finished his career in the cardinal and black with 61 points off of 30 goals and 31 assists.
The 30 goals throughout his four-year career has him tied for 53rd in program history for goals in a career with the likes of Nate Dey, Patrick Russell, and Vic Brodt. Nick also put up very strong numbers in his four years as well with 66 total career points in 143 games at St. Cloud State. Nick’s productive four years put him tied for 74th in program history for points in career with Judd Petersen and Patrick Russell.
With their recent deal to the Reign, they join the likes of former Teammates Blake Lizotte, Mikey Eyssimont, and soon David Hrenak in the Los Angeles Kings organization. Eyssimont just re-upped his deal with the Reign for another year after putting together an impressive season last year recording 28 points in 56 games. The Kings AHL affiliate Ontario compete in the Pacific Division and struggled last season with a fifth-place finish at a 29-22-5 overall record.
A start date for the upcoming season is still under discussions with the league. With this entry into the professional ranks for the Poehlings they hope to become the 37th and 38thHuskies since the 1930’s to make it to the NHL.