From: Austin, Minnesota
Knew if they left him alone and let the transition settle in, it'd be ok
Seems kinda too old-school, but he's not.
Super guy, part of his personna is a regular Joe, and it works.
But he's sharp as hell. Love what he did in St Cloud
And anyone around the Gophers program since the late 90s knew there were a couple guys who woulda killed for the job.
But Donny wasn't going anywhere.
Blais wanted in and got too old. It almost happened to Motzko too.
So glad he got the dream job he wanted. He bleeds maroon and gold.
The thing about his teams is they will get some talent, but no matter how much talent they get, they will work hard.
He had a couple St Cloud teams that were damn fun because of that.
My favorite Motzko story was about 5 years ago our lowly HS is playing in the section semis in St Peter
Weather delayed it several times, at GAC, you don't set a time, they set your time ...and we got a Monday night at 9 pm, which actually became like 10 pm before we started. There was one kid on the whole rink that was considered a recruit, and not even a top tier one.
Anyway, walked past the zamboni room between periods, its about 11:15, in an ugly game, and boom, walk right into Motzko
I think at the time they were like top 5 in the country. And here he is, probably the lowest rated semi-final in the state, 150 miles from St Cloud, and he's there. We chatted, I quiz him and he's like "its my job man, I love watching ANY hockey, have a great third"
Tells you about the man. And his humility level. Used to run into him when he was wearing out the road between St Cloud and Sioux Falls, same thing, getting gas In Marshall at midnight, there he'd be. Hard-working sob, always in a good mood. He loves the U. We're lucky.
Great story SMF. That is Bob in a nutshell. Love to see him get a TITLE.
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