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Blais Says He's Returning Next Season

CHN Staff Report

Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais told the Omaha World-Herald he would return next season as head coach of the Mavericks.

The 65-year old Blais just completed his eighth season as the program's head coach. A two-time national champion coach during his time at North Dakota, he is 146-133-30 during his tenure in Omaha, with two NCAA tournament appearances and a Frozen Four appearance in 2015.

“Right now, yeah,” he said to the World-Herald. “I don’t know how the scoop got around.”

The Mavericks' season ended Sunday night with an overtime loss at Western Michigan in Game 3 of their NCHC Quarterfinal series.

College Hockey News speculated Blais could decide to retire after this season, given his age, and comments made earlier this year about dissatisfaction with the school's new administration. He has also said when he was hired in 2009 that he may only have "five years left" in him, citing physical ailments, including knee surgery, at the time.

After making the Frozen Four, Blais said he had always figured to be there only five years, or until after the new arena was completed, which it was at that point. But he said he was having fun after the Frozen Four run and wanted to continue.

Nevertheless, for now, at least, Blais expects to be back behind the UNO bench for his ninth season.

Blais signed a contract extension in 2014 that takes him through the end of next season.

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