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Blasi Inks New 10-Year Deal

CHN Staff Report

OXFORD, Ohio — Miami has locked up coach Enrico Blasi through the 2022-23 season, adding six years to his original contract.

Miami won the final CCHA regular-season championship last season, then lost in the NCAA Midwest Regional final. Miami is headed to the new eight-team NCHC next season.

“Miami holds a special place in my heart, having both played and coached here,” Blasi said. “We are excited to be heading into the National Collegiate Hockey Conference that will provide us new challenges and I am thankful for the opportunity to lead this great program going forward. We will continue to strive towards our ultimate goal of a national championship.”

Blasi recently completed his 14th season at his alma mater, where he has posted a record of 311-196-53. The winningest coach in program history, he ranks 16th nationally among active coaches. Blasi is a five-time CCHA Coach of the Year, which is second-most in league history, including claiming the honor again this past season. The 1994 Miami graduate also won the Spencer Penrose National Coach of the Year Award in 2005-06.

“The hockey program at Miami has reached unprecedented success both on and off the ice during Coach Blasi’s tenure and we wanted to ensure that continues for many years to come. I am excited to announce that we have reached an extension that will keep him behind the bench at Miami for at least 10 more years,” Miami AD David Sayler said. “As Miami Hockey heads into a new conference next year, we felt this extension ensures stability for the future of the program as it continues to compete for league and national championships.”

During Blasi’s tenure, Miami has appeared in eight straight NCAA tournaments, the second-longest active streak in the country (behind fellow NCHC school North Dakota). Blasi guided Miami to its only Frozen Four appearances in program history, including a berth in the national championship game in 2009. Miami’s .679 win percentage over the last eight seasons (since 2005-06) is second-best in the country behind only Boston College (.686).

Miami has had at least one All-American each of the last 10 years, which is the longest active streak in the country, including sophomore Austin Czarnik this year. Blasi also mentored Miami’s first Hobey Baker Award winner in Andy Miele in 2011, while four RedHawks have won CCHA Player of the Year.

Miami returns 20 players from a 2012-13 team that finished 25-12-5 and opens the 2013-14 season Oct. 11 at Ohio State. The RedHawks will play in the first ever NCHC contest on Oct. 18 when Miami hosts North Dakota.

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