January 24, 2014 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Familiar Foes

Brodzinski Brothers to Battle for North Star College Cup

by Jashvina Shah/CHN Reporter

On Jan. 24, four former WCHA rivals will take the ice against each other in the inaugural North Star College Cup. The tournament will feature Minnesota, St. Cloud State, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State.

The in-state rivals are now split between the WCHA, Big Ten and the NCHC. But the North Star College Cup gives the teams the opportunity to continue playing one another.

It’s something St. Cloud State’s Jonny Brodzinski is thankful for.

“Once the Gophers got out of our conference, it was kind of a bummer because it’s such a fun series to play in,” he said. “But knowing that we still have this tournament, and we’ll still maybe get a couple more games with them in my career is something that I definitely look forward to and I was hoping for.”

Brodzinski and the Huskies will face off against the Golden Gophers for the 93rd meeting between the two teams Saturday night.

He’ll have the chance to play against his younger brother, Michael.

Jonny and Michael are two years apart and had played together for almost their entire lives, even playing high school hockey together.

“I’ve literally been with him pretty much every step of the way with my life,” Jonny said. “When I went to high school hockey he made it as a freshman, I never made it as a freshman so I was with him all the way so it’s a brotherhood.

“He’s been there for me, I’ve always been there for him.”

Jonny, a sophomore, is the leading scorer for Huskies with 21 points and 11 goals. He enters the weekend on a five-game point streak.

Michael is a freshman defender and has played in 18 games this season and has 10 points.

“We’ve been so close since we were young, since I can remember we’ve been together,” Jonny said. “It’s pretty crazy we can tell each other anything.”

The brothers were taken in the same round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — seven picks apart.

“It was definitely very special, we had all of our family members at our place,” Jonny said. “Michael went and then like two minutes later I went, so it was pretty special and everybody was really excited.”

The San Jose Sharks picked Michael with the 141st pick and the Kings took Jonny 148th.

Their dad, Mike Brodzinski, also played for the Huskies. Jonny said his dad will wear Minnesota gear and his mom will dress to support the Huskies.

“It’s been something I’ve been looking forward to all year since our schedules came out, and I saw that we were going to be going up against each other in the North Star Cup,” Jonny said. “It’s something that’s pretty special and something that’s definitely going to go down in the history of books in the Brodzinski family.”

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