Boys HS Hockey: Two St. Mary’s football players transition to Century hockey

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The Century Patriots look to make it back to the state championship game this season. If they accomplish their goal, two St. Mary’s football players need to have a big year.

Century hockey expects Joel Huber and Cullen Curl to have breakout seasons this year.

“It’ll be a lot higher paced,” Curl said. “Guys will be working harder and they’ll have more energy.”

“We made it a long way through the playoffs and through WDA,” Curl said. “Our expectations don’t change from last year.”

Joel is a junior forward and defensemen that was on the varsity roster last season. 

“We’re definitely looking forward to bringing him along and seeing what he can do for us,” Century head coach Troy Olson said. 

Cullen is a sophomore defensemen playing his first year on the big stage.

“I watched him last year in bantams,” Olson said. “He’s good skater. He comes from a pretty good family of hockey players.”

Both jumped right from football to hockey. The guys had only had two days to rest before starting their winter sport. 

“That’s always the hardest part of switching the two sports,” Huber said. “Their is a short break because the sports overlap.”

“Keep going” Curl said. “Get in the swing of things. The hardest thing would probably be trying to switch from football mode to hockey mode.”

Despite limited rest, both players think they are qualities that transfer from the gridiron to the ice.

“Football is such a team sport,” Huber said. “Especially under that culture at St. Mary’s. It’s all about your team and your teammates.”

“Staying in shape,” Curl said. “Football is a different kind of shape, but you’re still getting in shape and staying active.”

Huber and Curl will be on the ice when Century opens the season Friday when they take on Fargo North.

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