Also, St. Cloud Times hockey writer Mick Hatten asked St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko about it. Here's what he said:Q. Have you spoken to Troy Jutting at all and any reaction to his being removed in his coaching duties at Minnesota State?COACH LUCIA: Actually, when I found out, I think Paul texted me Sunday night. I texted him right away that night. And he appreciated that. And he said: You got more important things to worry about than me.And I said I texted him back, I said: Nothing's more important than friends and family.And I've always liked Troy and gotten along very well with him. I feel bad for him because they had a year where they got devastated by injuries the first half of the season.They have a lot of good young players, and I think their top scorers are all freshmen and things are set up to have a pretty darned good year. And I think you'll see them have a bounceback year similar to what they had at Tech because they had the same thing happen with the injuries and a lot of good freshmen that were going to become sophomores.So it's part of what we do. I think we all understand that, that you coach long enough, very few get to leave on their own terms in not just hockey, but any sport, pro, college, whatever, it's just the nature of what we do.
"He's a good friend of all of ours. I've known Troy for many, many years and we're good friends," Motzko said. "The truth is that Mankato's had a couple tough years, but they were also hit by the injury bug. This (Mavericks) team has got a chance to be very, very strong next year. That's a team on the upswing. Doug Woog's theory was that at any given moment you're either a program that's going up or down. There's a program that's going to go up fast."