Leadership was a priority for the Mavs coming into the 2010 hockey season. There was the move to a new conference, the addition of 10 freshmen to the lineup and a five-year gap since the team last played in the NCAA tournament.
As one would expect, much of the UNO hockey roster is compromised of athletes from traditional hockey regions. Four members are from Canada, five hail from Minnesota and a total of three from both Wisconsin and North Dakota.
No matter the sport, every team that becomes a championship dynasty has that one heartbreaking loss just before its dreams are realized.
When Head Coach Dean Blais looks down his bench next season, a familiar face in Omaha hockey will no longer be by his side. Assistant Head Coach Mike Hastings, who spent 15 seasons with the Omaha Lancers and the last three with UNO, was named the head coach of the Minnesota State-Mankato hockey team last Saturday.