Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks Hockey Schedule
College hockey fans are well aware that from the time the season gets
underway in late fall to its conclusion at the end of winter there are countless thrilling match ups taking place at arenas
all over the country including at CenturyLink Center, home of the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks men's ice hockey team. The 2014-2014
NCAA hockey season will be the Mavericks' first as a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, one of the top hockey
conferences in the country. Thrilling games against national powerhouses will have die hard Mavericks hockey fans bringing
the energy to CenturyLink Center like no time before in the history of the program. Perennial contenders like Colorado College,
the University of Denver, Miami University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the University of North Dakota will all
be taking on the Mavericks at CenturyLink Center and looking to accomplish the unenviable feat of knocking of the Nebraska-Omaha
Mavericks on their home ice inside an arena full of energy that is palpable.
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks Hockey
The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks compete as a Division II school in every sport other than hockey in which they
are a member of the Division I conference the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. For the 2013-2014 season and beyond,
the NCHC will feature eight members, having added Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University.
Together the teams of NCHC have won 17 NCAA Championships with University of Denver and University of North Dakota setting
the pace with seven national championships apiece. This is a conference that exists solely for college hockey and assures
hockey fans at any of the conference games stiff competition alongside ravenous fans that will combine to make any trip to
the arena an unforgettable experience.
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks Hockey Rivalries
After matching up with
Michigan several times in tournaments as members of both the CCHA and WCHA including a huge upset victory over the Michigan
Wolverines when they were the top ranked seed in the CCHA tournament, quite an intense rivalry has developed. Similarly, the
Mavericks have faced off against Michigan State and Minnesota in big time games over the years which has bred an intense and
bitter competition between the schools. As the Mavericks enter conference play in the NCHC they will surely find feuds with
new schools, especially schools like Denver and North Dakota who do not take losing lightly. Time will tell which other NCHC
programs become some of the most bitter in conference rivals, but it will all begin as conference play unfolds during the
2013-2014 season. There is no time to get in on a new rivalry like the present and there is no excuse to miss any of the incredible
match ups during Nebraska-Omaha's first season in the NCHC.
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks Hockey History
of Nebraska-Omaha athletics are always quick to share that the real pride of their school is its only Division I athletics
program, the Mavericks' men's hockey team. It was back in 1996 that the school first announced plans to introduce a hockey
program, and the 1997-1998 season saw the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks playing their first games. That season the school sold
out all of their home games and finished second in all of NCAA hockey in attendance. The team was not only a local hit immediately,
but also a surprise success on the ice as they earned a sweep of the powerhouse Denver Pilots. Through all of the conference
changes and changes on personnel, two things have remained consistent are that the team has a proud tradition of winning and
the Mavericks fans continue to pack the arena and make CenturyLink Center one of the most thrilling venues to watch a competition
in all of college sports. A new chapter of Mavericks hockey is underway this season as the prepare to battle their way through
an inaugural season in the NCHC and possibly earn another sweep of the imposing University of Denver.
Mavericks Hockey Trivia
The Mavericks made a splash on NCAA hockey from the start, but this should really come as no
surprise. Their first coach was Mike Kemp who had been the head recruiter as well as assistant for the University of Wisconsin,
a school that won the national championship in 1990 just a few years before Kemp was hired. Additionally, Kemp hired David
Quinn, a former first round NHL pick, as his initial head of recruiting and was able to put together quite a squad based on
that pedigree. To date seven former Mavericks have gone on to play in the NHL: Dan Ellis, Jeff Hoggan, Chris Holt, Bryce Lampman,
Scott Parse, Bill Thomas, and Greg Zanon. Scott Parse who was an All-American in 2006 and 2007 has his name all over the Nebraska-Omaha
record books with most goals in a career (79), most assists in a career (118), most points in a career (197), most assists
in a season (41), and most points in a season (61).