Former Fighting Sioux hockey coach Dean Blais once sat All American forward Jason Blake when he was a member of the Fighting Sioux. In retrospect Blais once said that this move may have also cost Blaie a shot at the Hobey Baker Memorial Trophy. Fast forward to the 2011-2012 season, now as coach of the Omaha Mavericks, Dean Blais has suspended his senior star forward Alex Hudson indefinably.
Chad Purcell; Omaha.com --- UNO forward Alex Hudson, the Mavs' top returning scorer who recently was named a captain, has been suspended indefinitely from the team for an unspecified training violation, coach Dean Blais said.
Blais did not elaborate on Hudson's status, other than to say that the senior would not play Saturday when the University of Nebraska at Omaha hosts its exhibition game against British Columbia to open the 2010-11 season.
Hudson was not in attendance at the Mavericks' practice Wednesday.
The squad's only senior forward, Hudson, from Corona, Calif., had a career-best 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) last season. He played in all 39 games as a junior and had a team-high four game-winning goals.
Dean Blais is a throw back to the days of former Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey coach Herb Brooks who isn't afraid to call a star player out when they aren't pulling their weight. For those of us that remember, Dean Blais was famous for these comments; "if a player(s) isn't playing well he will be sitting next to the coaches on the bench or in the stands watching the game. It will be interesting to see if Mavericks forward Alex Hudson gets the message or will his suspension become permanent?
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