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Heart, character could send Gravel's Huskies back to Frozen Four

May 3, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Kevin Gravel's St. Cloud State Huskies reached college hockey's Frozen Four this season.

It isn't out of the question that St. Cloud could make another run next season.

"We have a lot of upperclassmen coming back and guys with heart and character," Gravel, a junior defenseman from Kingsford, told Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud Times. "We've shown this year what you can do when you're a true team and everyone's playing for one another. Anything's possible."

St. Cloud also captured WCHA regular season and NCAA regional titles this season. The Huskies dropped their "Frozen Four" opener to Quinnipiac.

"You never know what the Frozen Four experience is like until you go through it," Gravel said. "The key for all of us is to know that it's not easy to get to one of those. It's a lot of hard work. The feeling sticks with you awhile." ...

From West Iron County boys track coach Dan Schive, urging on his runners in the grueling 3200-meter run: "Think happy thoughts." ...

Madeline Walsh's dad - see last week's story about her joining the Division 1 Lehigh University soccer program - played football and basketball at Iron Mountain High School.

Tom Walsh could hit a baseball, too. When the Iron Mountain American Legion Greens played Escanaba in the 1981 U.P. Finals, Walsh along with Tom Jayne and Kevin Hicks homered off future major leaguer Kevin Tapani to win the game.

Walsh, who also connected off John Hiller in a Wishigan League contest, credited his Legion "hitting coach" Russ Pericolosi.

Much thanks to Tom Jayne, Iron Mountain Schools superintendent and Tom Walsh's buddy, for information on Madeline's soccer success. She also received a hand-written note from Iron Mountain grad and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci congratulating her on going to Lehigh ...

That was Negaunee native and former Escanaba Daily Press sports editor Keith Langlois breaking the Phil Jackson story.

Langlois, now writing for, revealed that the former great Bulls and Lakers coach will serve as an adviser during the Detroit Pistons' coaching hunt ...



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