May 18, 1951 |
International Falls, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Dallas Black Hawks (CHL)|
|NHL Draft||68th overall, 1971
Dean Blais (born January 18, 1951) is an American ice hockey coach. He 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 Championships 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 was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 5th round (68th overall) of the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft, and played three seasons of pro hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks’ development team in Dallas.
On March 10, 2009 and May 14, 2010, a photograph of Blais was shown on the Late Show with David Letterman for a segment called, "Guys who look like Dave."
- 1976–1977 - University of Minnesota - Assistant Coach
- 1977–1980 - Minot High School (Minot, North Dakota) - Head Coach
- 1980–1989 - University of North Dakota - Assistant Coach
- 1990–1991 - Roseau High School (Roseau, Minnesota) - Head Coach
- 1991–1994 - International Falls High School (International Falls, Minnesota) - Head Coach
- 1994–2004 - University of North Dakota - Head Coach
- 2004–2006 - Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) - Associate Coach
- 2006–2007 - Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) - Player Development
- 2007-2009 - Fargo Force (USHL) - General Manager/Head Coach
- 2009-2010 - Team USA U20 - Head Coach
- 2009–present - University of Nebraska-Omaha - Head Coach
- 2012–present - Team USA U20 - Head Coach
Head coaching record
|North Dakota (WCHA) (1994–2004)|
|Omaha (CCHA) (2009–2010)|
|Omaha (WCHA) (2010–2013)|
|Omaha (NCHC) (2013–present)|
- Dean Blais's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Dean Blais's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Spencer Penrose Award
|WCHA Coach of the Year
|Fargo Force Head Coach