Benik suffers a broken leg in first hour of practice for Huskies

St. Cloud State freshman wing Joey Benik.


The worst news of the first day of practice for the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team is that wing Joey Benik, a freshman and St. Francis High School graduate, suffered a broken leg during the first hour of morning practice. Huskies head coach Bob Motzko said that they do not know how long Benik will be out and that the injury does not require surgery to fix.

“It was a freak thing, not a big collision and it was one of those things that happens,” Motzko said. “It’s just a downer.”

In 75 games in the British Columbia Hockey League last season, Benik had 37 goals and 114 points. He was playing on a line with LeBlanc and senior wing Ben Hanowski in practice.




Mick Hatten

About Mick Hatten

I cover St. Cloud State hockey and I am a general assignment reporter for the sports department at the Times. 2012-13 was my third season covering the Huskies hockey programs. My wife Kristin and I have two boys (Luke, 5, and Josh, 3) and we live in St. Cloud. I have had two stints working at the Times. I worked here from 1986-91 as a part-time sports reporter and intern. I have been back since Aug. 1999. I spent one year as the prep sports coordinator, six years as the St. Cloud State reporter (football, men's and women's basketball and everything else but hockey) and spent four years as the Citizen Times editor. The last two years, I was also the editor of the Rocori Times and Sauk Rapids-Rice Times sections, which are mailed directly to people in those two school districts. Follow me on Twitter at or on Facebook at I do online chats about college hockey during the season from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays at
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