Last Thursday, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University officially accepted invitations to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference when the conference begins play in 2013-14. St. Cloud State is the sixth member of the WCHA to make the move, while Western Michigan becomes the second team from the CCHA.
Last Tuesday, Head Coach Dean Blais announced that the UNO hockey team had chosen senior forward Alex Hudson and junior forward Terry Broadhurst as team captains. Hudson and Broadhurst will start the new season not only as captains, but also as the Mavs' top two scorers from a year ago.
The back of the Canadian five-dollar note depicts children taking part in several winter sports including, of course, hockey. The image is accompanied by a quote from Roch Carrier's short story The Hockey Sweater: "The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places – the school, the church and the skating rink – but our real life was on the skating rink."
Players and coaches involved in the sport of hockey talk often about how small and close-knit the hockey world is. That connection was evident on Sunday Aug. 28 when the UNO hockey community came together to support one of its own.
In 2010, UNO became an official member of the WCHA, arguably the toughest conference in college hockey. With 37 national championships and a multitude of players in the NHL, the Mavs were picked to finish near the bottom of the conference.
The announcement of the 2011-12 UNO Hockey recruiting class included eight players – six out of the USHL, one from the Junior League in British Columbia and now an NHL draft pick.
The Mavs had a chance to make some serious program history this past weekend given UNO's push for a sell out game and an arena packed with more than 25,000 fans in two games. The Mavs didn't disappoint, and took two important conference wins against the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers.
For hockey fans, springtime is always the best time of the year. Whether your team is in or not, the NHL playoffs are the best thing in sports.