Dean Blais is currently the Head Coach for the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Head Coach for the United States men's national junior ice hockey team. He led Team USA to a gold medal in the IIHF 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in Saskatoon, Canada, held in late December 2009 through early January 2010.

He is the former associate coach of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. He led the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey men's team to Frozen Four NCAA Division I championships in 1997 and 2000. Blais also led the 1990 Roseau Rams to a Minnesota State Hockey Championship.

A native of International Falls, Minnesota, Blais played college hockey at the University of Minnesota from 1970 to 1973. He played three seasons of pro hockey with the Chicago Blackhawksfarm team in Dallas.

Career[edit | edit source]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Dakota (WCHA) (1994–2004)
1994–1995 North Dakota 18–18–3
1995–1996 North Dakota 19–18–1
1996–1997 North Dakota 31–10–2
1997–1998 North Dakota 30–8–1
1998–1999 North Dakota 32–6–3
1999–2000 North Dakota 31–8–5
2000–2001 North Dakota 29–8–9
2001–2002 North Dakota 16–19–2
2002–2003 North Dakota 26–12–5
2003–2004 North Dakota 30–8–3
North Dakota: 262-115-34
Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) (2009–Present)
2009-2010 Nebraska-Omaha 17-13-6 13-12-3-2
Total: 279–128–40

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

Preceded by
John "Gino" Gasparini
North Dakota Fighting Sioux men's ice hockey head coach
Succeeded by
Dave Hakstol
Preceded by
Fargo Force Head Coach
Succeeded by
Steve Johnson
Preceded by
Mike Kemp
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks men's ice hockey head coach
Succeeded by
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