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Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Location: Omaha, NE
School founded: 1908
Enrollment: 14,903
Chancellor: Dr. John Christensen
Athletic Director: David Miller
Colors: Crimson and Black
Home Arena: Baxter Arena
Capacity: 16,680
Dimensions: 200' x 85'
Men's Team
Conference: Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Coach: Mike Kemp
(Gustavus Adolphus '75)

The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Mavericks are a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They play at the Qwest Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.[1] The Mavericks previously competed in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) before joining the WCHA for the 2010-11 season.[2]

History Edit

The University of Nebraska-Omaha added varsity men's ice hockey for the 1997-98 season. The team joined the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and participated in the conference for 13 seasons before transferring to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for the 2010-11 season.[3] During the program's tenure in the CCHA the Mavericks reached the NCAA post season tournament once in 2006. UNO lost their first and only NCAA Tournament game 2-9 to Boston University.[4]

Coaches Edit

The Mavericks are currently coached by Dean Blais.[5] Blais was hired in June 2009,[6] he replaces UNO Hockey's first coach Mike Kemp behind the Nebraska–Omaha bench. He is the former head coach at University of North Dakota from 1994-2004,[7] assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2004-2007[8], and also previously served as head coach and GM of the Fargo Force (USHL) from 2007–2009.[9][10] During his first season at UNO, Blais also served as head coach of the gold medal winning Team USA U20.[11][12]

All-time coaching records Edit

As of completion of 2009–10 season[13]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2009–present Dean Blais 2 22–16–6 .556
1997–2009 Mike Kemp 12 194–223–57 .464
Totals 2 coaches 13 seasons 214–239–63 .472


Current rosterEdit

As of September 9, 2010. [3]

# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
30 Flag of Ontario John Faulkner L Sophomore (RS) Sarnia, Ontario Sarnia (WOJHL)
34 Flag of Minnesota Mike Taffe L Freshman Maple Grove, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
35 Flag of Virginia Fredrik Bergman L Junior (RS) Vienna, Virginia Owatonna (NAHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
2 Flag of Indiana Matt Smith L Junior Carmel, Indiana Indiana (USHL)
3 Flag of the Czech Republic Andrei Sustr R Freshman Plzen, Czech Republic Youngstown (USHL)
4 Flag of Minnesota Nick Von Bokern L Senior Burnsville, Minnesota Traverse City (NAHL)
5 Flag of Wisconsin Kyle Ensign L Junior New Richmond, Wisconsin Tri-City (USHL)
6 Flag of New York Pasko Skarica R Senior Bethpage, New York Waterloo (USHL)
7 Flag of Alberta Michael Young L Freshman Calgary, Alberta Flin Flon (SJHL)
22 Flag of North Dakota Tony Turgeon L Freshman Grand Forks, North Dakota Waterloo (USHL)
23 Flag of Minnesota Eric Olimb R Junior Warroad, Minnesota Indiana (USHL)
24 Flag of Illinois Bryce Aneloski R Sophomore Pekin, Illinois Cedar Rapids (USHL)
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
9 Flag of New York Rich Purslow L Senior Greenlawn, New York Des Moines (USHL)
10 Flag of North Dakota Alex Simonson R Freshman Grand Forks, North Dakota Chicago (USHL)
12 Flag of Wisconsin Brock Montpetit R Freshman Somerset, Wisconsin Waterloo (USHL)
13 Flag of Manitoba Zahn Raubenheimer R Freshman Smoky Lake, Alberta Grand Prairie AJHL)
14 Flag of Ontario Joey Martin L Senior Thorold, Ontario Aurora (OJHL)
15 Flag of North Dakota Jordan Willert L Junior Minot, North Dakota Tri-City (USHL)
16 Flag of Texas Johnnie Searfoss L Freshman Colleyville, Texas Fargo (USHL)
17 Flag of Illinois Terry Broadhurst L Sophomore Orland Park, Illinois Sioux Falls (USHL)
19 Flag of Minnesota Ryan Walters L Freshman Rosemount, Minnesota Des Moines (USHL)
20 Flag of California Brandon Richardson R Sophomore San Clemente, California Indiana (USHL)
21 Flag of California Matt White L Freshman Whittier, California Omaha (USHL)
25 Flag of Wisconsin Brent Gwidt L Sophomore Minocqua, Wisconsin Indiana (USHL)
26 Flag of California Alex Hudson R Junior Corona, California Tri-City (USHL)
27 Flag of Minnesota Matt Ambroz R Senior New Prague, Minnesota Tri-City (USHL)

Notable alumniEdit

Nebraska–Omaha has had a number of alumni advance to professional hockey, including a number of past and present NHL players.[14]

NHL team unless otherwise noted


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