Captain Spencer Meier returns for fifth season with SCSU, will run his own hockey camp this summer – The Rink Live

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – If there was no limit to how many years a player can play college hockey, Spencer Meier says he would play the rest of his career for St. Louis. Cloud State.

That said, Meier is also aware of taking advantage of the best opportunities he has available and making sure he makes the right decision for next season. So Meier, a 22-year-old defender from Sartell, carefully weighed his pro-hockey options before deciding on Thursday to return to the Huskies for a fifth season.

“One thing’s for sure: I love this place. I could play for St. Cloud for the rest of my life and be a happy man,” Meier said. “There’s a time when you start assessing your options and you talk to your (family counselor) … what it came down to was trying to figure out what was best for me.

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“For me, I could sign on to the AHL or come back and have a really good summer, train hard and hopefully have a really good year next year and get an NHL contract. That’s the thought process that went into it. I want to really like to bet on myself.

“The great thing is that I want to play college hockey for one more year with my best friends. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. We’re so lucky to have the opportunity to play five years if we want to,” Meier said. with reference to the NCAA provides an additional year of eligibility for athletes who participated in the 2020-21 school year due to the pandemic. “Usually you only get four (years). I really wanted to play another year of college hockey because it’s very special.”

Meier is coming back and is likely to become the second SCSU player to be the team captain for three years (Jimmy Schuldt, 2016-19), and he is coming off his best offensive season in college. In 36 games, he had five goals, 13 assists, 18 points and four power-play goals, all of which were the best marks of his career. In 139 career games in college, Meier has 14 goals, 53 points, nine power-play goals, 52 penalty minutes and is a plus-6.

Meier, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, said he knows what to focus on during the off-season as he prepares for his final season with the Huskies.

“The last couple of years the focus has been on my skating and I feel like I have gotten better and better every year with it,” he said. “This year I want to take a bigger step and really take it to another level and be faster and really focus on the fast, short little eruptions and be able to go faster from point A to point B.

“I’ve been getting my form down for the last three years and now I want to get faster. I just need to have a good summer and we should be good.”

Meier has worked with skating coach Katie McDonough from Cutting Edge Performance Power Skating in Coon Rapids. He said he plans to work with her once or twice a week in the low season and then also work more on his skating on his own at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

“She’s been a rock star and been so helpful,” Meier said. “She cares about you. She comes to my games, keeps an eye on my form, knows what to work with, and she’s fun to work with.”

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St. Cloud State defender Spencer Meier (9) moves the puck past Minnesota Gophers striker Blake McLaughlin (27) in the second period Friday, October 15, 2021 at the 3M Arena in Mariucci, Minneapolis.

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Spencer Meier Hockey Camp makes its debut

On June 30, 2021, the NCAA changed its rules on whether college athletes can use their name, image, and likeness to receive benefits. This means players can make money on endorsements while still playing college sports.

Sammy Walker of the University of Minnesota took advantage of it and ran his own summer hockey camp in 2021.

Meier plans to do something similar. The 8.-11. August, he will run Spencer Meier Hockey Camp in Sartell. The camp will be for players aged 6-13 years. The price is $ 475 / player.

“I’m pumped for it,” he said of leading the camp. “It’s really just going to be a fun week for the kids. We’re going to have two ice sessions (daily) for each child. The first ice session we’ll be working on some skills and some shooting. The second ice session and we’ll have fun. We’re going to laugh.

“We want some dryland (training), some stick action and playing some games. It’s going to be fun for me and the staff and hopefully teach them a thing or two.”

Andre St. Cloud State players in Meier’s staff, who are in line to work in the camp, include Micah Miller, Brendan Bushy, Josh Luedtke, Nolan Walker and Jack Peart. AJ Drobot, who recently finished his junior season as a striker for the University of Maine, will also be on the staff. Drobot and Meier helped Fargo Force win the Clark Cup, the United States Hockey League playoff title in 2018.

For more information on the camp, visit https://www.spencermeierhockey.com/.

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Bemidji State striker Ross Armor (17) works the puck against St. The Cloud State goal with Huskies captain Spencer Meier (9) defending in front of goalkeeper Jaxon Castor in the first period on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Louis. Cloud.

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