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.
No matter the sport, every team that becomes a championship dynasty has that one heartbreaking loss just before its dreams are realized.
St. Louis - After a summer of preparation, 38 games of competition and 2,352 minutes of game time, the UNO hockey season came down to a span of just 10 minutes and 21 seconds. In that short time span, the hopes and dreams of a Frozen Four appearance and potential national championship were wiped away.
Though a weekend playoff sweep to Bemidji State puts UNO squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble, Dean Blais and the Mavs returned to business as usual on Monday afternoon. With conference tournaments this week and selection Sunday approaching, the team is hopeful they've done enough to earn a spot in hockey's big dance.
When Dean Blais was hired as UNO's head hockey coach two summers ago there was an immediate shift in expectations. In the 12-year history of the program, UNO had been to the NCAA tournament just once and finished with 20 or more wins only three times.