Archive | September 2012

Mavs prepare for start of 2012-13 hockey season

The Maverick Hockey team looks to start its 2012-13 season on Monday, Oct. 8 with an exhibition game.  UNO will face the Lethbridge Pronghorns out of Alberta, Canada.  The puck will drop at the CenturyLink Center at 7:07 p.m.

The Mavs bring back three returning seniors, including goaltender John Faulkner and forward Brent Gwidt.  Faulkner comes off a great season, making 24 saves and allowing only one goal in a 2-1 overtime win at North Dakota on Dec. 9.  In his junior season, Gwidt set new career highs for goals, assists and points by more than doubling his previous career totals.

Defenseman Bryce Aneloski, also a senior, led UNO defensemen in scoring last season, while setting new career highs for goals and points.  Gwidt and Aneloski are two of six players to appear in all 38 games last season.  As senior leaders of the team, you can look for them to do the same this season.

The Mavs welcome six incoming freshman, all of whom have played in either the North American Hockey League (NAHL) or the United States Hockey League  (USHL).  Freshman defenseman, Brian Cooper, was a member of the All-USHL Second Team for two straight years and finished second in defenseman scoring for the Fargo Force USHL team with six goals and 18 assists for a total of 24 points.  Cooper was also named the Force’s defenseman of the year two straight years.

Freshman goaltender, Anthony Stolarz, should be a reliable backup for Faulkner and sophomore goaltender Dayn Belfour.  Stolarz posted a .920 save percentage, with three shutouts for the Corpus Christi IceRays, a NAHL team, and was also a two-time NAHL Goalie of the Week.  Stolarz is the highest-drafted player in UNO history, being drafted in the second round, 45th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Following the exhibition game with Lethbridge, the Mavs travel to Kansas City, Mo. for an Ice Breaker Tournament with Army and Maine/Norte Dame on Oct. 12-13.  Those games will be played at the Sprint Center.


Danny from the Prairie

Danny Schreiber, the managing editor of the Silicon Prairie News spoke to our Media Storytelling class on Monday.  He was a very interesting guy and it seems like he works for a great company.  I liked that he had us go around the room to introduce ourselves.  It was nice that he genuinely seemed interested in getting to know us a little bit and find out what blogs we read.

It did, however, take up a lot of his speaking time and I really wished that he could have had more time to talk.  I wanted to know more information about his job, as well as the company he works for.  Plus he was a great presenter/speaker, so I just wanted to watch and listen to him more.

Schreiber gave great background information about how Silicon Prairie News got started.  Jeff Slobotski, a UNO graduate, first created a blog called “Midwest to Manhattan” where he wrote about his travels.  People then started to take a lot of interest in his writing, so he decided to create Silicon Prairie News.

Silicon Prairie News is a website that tells the story behind how companies and businesses got started.  Their main goal is to connect with people.  Schreiber said that Silicon Prairie News is “content, events, connections and visibility.”  This all leads to networking and connecting with all types of people around the world.

Schreiber said that you don’t have to be on the coasts to start a company.  Silicon Prairie was started right here in the Midwest.  He said to take Omaha fashion week for example, you don’t need to live in New York to know fashion.  So you don’t need to live on the coasts to have a successful business either, and Silicon Prairie News is a great example of that!

UNO Hockey players and NHLers participate in benefit game

Omaha, NE- On August 26, 2012, University of Nebraska at Omaha hockey players played alongside National Hockey League players at the Duchenne Cup Benefit Hockey Game.  The benefit game took place at the Moylan Tranquility IcePlex located at 122nd and West Maple Rd in Omaha.  This is the second annual event, which was started to help former UNO hockey player, Rob Facca, whose son, Louie, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Duchenne’s is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in children and affects one in 3,500 young boys.  The disease, which is a progressive loss of strength, can also lead to serious medical problems with the heart and lungs.  The fundraiser was organized by the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame, who has pledged to help fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by raising money and awareness about the disease.

In addition to the $15 admission fee, people could help raise money by participating in a silent auction.  The 28-item auction included memorabilia from college and professional teams, such as a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey signed by Sidney Crosby, two tickets to a Detroit Red Wings home game and two Maverick Hockey season tickets for the 2012-2013 season.

Anyone from the general public could participate in the game by purchasing a roster spot for $1,000.  Craig Nigrelli, KMTV Action 3 News Anchor, and Jeff Degan, Radio Host for Channel 94.1FM, both laced up their skates to play in this benefit game.

NHL players who participated in the benefit game included Erik Gustafsson of the Philadelphia Flyers, Warren Peters of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Scott Parse of the Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship team.  UNO Hockey head coach, Dean Blais, and UNO Associate Athletic Director, Mike Kemp, were the coaches of the two benefit hockey teams.  It appears that Coach Blais had the better team, though, with his team winning 9-7.

Last year’s inaugural game raised more than $30,000 for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to support research for Duchenne disease.  Facca said he had no idea that the benefit would be such a success last year.  He said he was grateful that his friends have been so supportive and that they agreed to do the event again this year.

Twitter Assignment

I began using Twitter as soon as I found out it was a requirement for this Media Storytelling class.  I always thought it was pointless to get involved in another social media when I already have a Facebook account.  So I wanted to get a head-start and begin familiarizing myself with how to use it.

I have to admit, at first I hated it!  I didn’t like that there was a limit to how much you could type since you can only use 140 characters.  It seemed a little stupid to me because I thought most people just Tweeted about every little thing they did so it was pointless.

However, after using it for awhile I realize that it is pretty similar to Facebook, in that people stay connected with each other just on a bigger, less personal scale.  I am able to get updates from my friends as well as from different sports organizations and news sources, such as ESPN or the Omaha World-Herald.  I also thought that I would find it hard to use, but it’s really simple and easy to figure out.

I think that Twitter will definitely come in handy for me since I want to be a sports writer.  This is a great way to get the word out to many different news and sports media organizations that I am a sports writer.  I’ve already had a few sports and news handles ask to follow me, as well as a Big Ten Podcast has asked me to send them my opinion on games and they will put some of it on their show.   Given the success I’ve had already with Twitter in such a short amount of time, I’m definitely willing to keep using it after this class is over.  And who knows, perhaps Twitter will help me land my dream job of sports analyst someday!  @briebel89


Welcome to my UNO sports blog!  Throughout this semester, I will be posting articles about UNO hockey.  The articles will be in various forms, including written, photographs, audio and video.  Next week I will be posting my first written article , which will be about the Skate for a Cure fundraiser.  Some members of the UNO hockey team participated in this event to raise money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  Check back next week to read all about it!