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College hockey: Blais contract worth nearly $1.3 million

Details of Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais’ recently extended contract were released Tuesday and the International Falls native will pocket nearly $1.3 million over the next four seasons.

Blais’ base salary for 2014-15 is the same as this season, $250,000, before escalating to $260,000 the next year and $265,000 and $270,000 the final two years of the contract, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Blais, who is 91-86-18 in five seasons with the Mavericks, also will receive a previously negotiated $250,000 longevity bonus spread out over the lifetime of the deal.

“I guess coaches wonder if they still have the passion to want to continue to coach, and certainly I do,” the 63-year-old told the newspaper. “If I’m having a great time, maybe I’ll coach four more years after this contract. Plenty of coaches have been older than me and stayed in this profession. As long as we have good kids, good community support and support from the program, that’s the most important thing.”

Blais is scheduled to be inducted into the Bronco Athletic Hall of Fame on April 26 at the AmericInn in International Falls. He joins former Minnesota Duluth standout Keith “Huffer” Christiansen, former hockey player Oscar Mahle and former track, cross country and basketball standout Tina (Bahr) Ostroot.