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Omaha Mavericks
Institution: University of Nebraska 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: 7,898
Dimensions: 200' x 85'
Men's Team
Conference: National Collegiate Hockey Conference
Coach: Mike Gabinet (2017-18)

The Omaha Mavericks men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Mavericks are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). They play at Baxter Arena on their Omaha, Nebraska campus. The Mavericks previously competed in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) before joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the 2010–11 season,[1] and then the NCHC when it began play in 2013–14.

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.[2] 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.[3]

Coaches Edit

The Mavericks are currently coached by Dean Blais.[4] Blais was hired in June 2009,[5] 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,[6] assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2004-2007[7], and also previously served as head coach and GM of the Fargo Force (USHL) from 2007–2009.[8][9] During his first season at UNO, Blais also served as head coach of the gold medal winning Team USA U20.[10][11]

All-time coaching records Edit

As of completion of 2009–10 season[12]

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

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of September 9, 2010. [3]

Goaltenders
# 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)
Defensemen
# 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)
Forwards
# 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.[13]

NHL team unless otherwise noted

ReferencesEdit


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