UMaine hockey and the Alfond Arena celebrate 40 years of college hockey this weekend as the Black Bears host rival UNH tonight and tomorrow night.

Here's a look at planned events...

  • Friday, Jan. 19: Celebration Luncheon - 12:00-1:30 p.m. Celebration lunch on Friday at Sea Dog Brewing Company from 12:00-1:30 p.m. with special guests: Maine head coach, Red Gendron, and New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile.
  • Saturday, Jan. 20: Public Skate at Alfond Arena - 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 20: Maine vs. New Hampshire - 7:30 p.m. White Out Night at Alfond Arena as the Black Bears battle the Wildcats. All fans will get a free t-shirt courtesy of W.S. Emerson.
UMaine Athletics Photo / 1992-93 National Champs

Jack Semler coached that first team in 1977-78 as a member of the ECAC. The Black Bears finished the season with a 15-12 record. Semler was head coach for the first seven years.

Shawn Walsh took over the program for the 1984-85 season and coached for 17 years. The Bears captured the national championship in 1992-93 and then again in 1998-99.

Kariya and Walsh hold the trophy
Getty Images  /  1998-99 UMaine Hockey National Champs

NOTE: The Black Bears enter the weekend with at 12-9-2 (6-6-1 HE). The Wildcats are 9-11-2 (4-7-1)

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