Dean Blais

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Dean Blais
Born (1951-01-18) January 18, 1951 (age 65)
International Falls, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for Dallas Black Hawks (CHL)
NHL Draft 68th overall, 1971
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 1973–1976

Dean Blais (born January 18, 1951) is an American ice hockey coach. He is currently the head coach of the Omaha Mavericks, the men's team of the University of Nebraska Omaha, and also head coach of 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.[1]

He is the former associate coach of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets. He led the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (now Fighting Hawks) men's hockey team to NCAA Division I championships in 1997 and 2000. Blais also has two other appearances in the Frozen Four, the semifinal round of the NCAA tournament—with North Dakota in 2001 (losing in the championship game) and Omaha in 2015 (losing in the semifinals). Blais also led the 1990 Roseau Rams to a Minnesota State Hockey Championship.

Playing career[edit]

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.[2] He also played for the United States national team at the 1973 ice hockey world championship pool B tournament.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

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."[4]


Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Dakota (WCHA) (1994–2004)
1994–95 North Dakota 18–18–3
1995–96 North Dakota 19–18–1
1996–97 North Dakota 31–10–2
1997–98 North Dakota 30–8–1
1998–99 North Dakota 32–6–3
1999–2000 North Dakota 31–8–5
2000–01 North Dakota 29–8–9
2001–02 North Dakota 16–19–2
2002–03 North Dakota 26–12–5
2003–04 North Dakota 30–8–3
North Dakota: 262–115–34
Omaha (CCHA) (2009–2010)
2009–10 Omaha 20–16–6 13–12–3–2 6th
Omaha (WCHA) (2010–2013)
2010–11 Omaha 21–16–2 17–9–2 3rd NCAA First Round
2011–12 Omaha 14–18–6 11–12–5 9th
2012–13 Omaha 19–18–2 14–12–2 7th
Omaha (NCHC) (2013–present)
2013–14 Omaha 17–18–2 13–9–2–1 3rd
2014–15 Omaha 20–13–6 12–8–4–3 3rd NCAA Frozen Four
Omaha: 111–99–24
Total: 373–214–58

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1971 [5]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bruce Crowder
Joe Marsh
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Tim Taylor
Tim Whitehead
Preceded by
Don Lucia
Craig Dahl
Don Brose
George Gwozdecky
WCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Craig Dahl
Don Brose
George Gwozdecky
Mel Pearson
Preceded by
Fargo Force Head Coach
Succeeded by
Steve Johnson