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Assistant Coach Hastings Leaves Minnesota for UNO

Mike Hastings is moving from his position as assistant coach at Minnesota to the associate head coach position at Nebraska-Omaha.

Hastings will join new Mavericks coach Dean Blais and Nick Fohr, who as an assistant coach for former UNO coach Mike Kemp, in the new staff.

“Mike Hastings has a proven track record of developing players for Division I college hockey, and he will be a great asset as we work to take UNO to the next level,” Blais said in a news release. “In addition, Nick Fohr has done a fine job during his two years as an assistant coach at UNO, and he will provide continuity to our program both on the ice and in recruiting.”

Hastings joined Minnesota’s staff last season after a successful 14-year run with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.

His move back to Omaha could signal a line of succession in the Mavericks’ head coaching position.

“Dean told Mike that whoever takes this position will have a great chance to replace him down the line,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said in a news release. “I enjoyed my year with Mike and wish him the best.”

Minnesota will elevate former captain Grant Potulny, who recently joined the staff as a volunteer assistant, to a full-time position on an interim basis until a search can be conducted.


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