The University of Nebraska-Omaha hockey program announced today that the NBC Sports Network will air 24 college hockey games this season, at least five of which will feature the Mavericks, the most television exposure the program has ever had in one single season.
UNO will open the season in the Icebreaker Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, a market void of college hockey. The Mavericks will join Notre Dame, Army and Maine in the October 12-13 tournament.
The Mavericks are entering their 16th season of competition and their last in the WCHA, which is breaking up thanks in part to the formation of the Big Ten Hockey Conference.
UNO will join the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference after this season, as college hockey keeps par with the conference shake ups being felt all over collegiate sports.
According to the press release on omavs.com, “We are very excited to begin our second season of college hockey by offering more coverage than last year,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “NBC Sports Network will start the season two months earlier this year, providing sports fans with even more national prime time coverage of the nation’s best college hockey.”