Omaha Lancers... a tradition of success.
From humble beginnings in 1986 at Hitchcock Ice Arena, with the worst record in the USHL at 0-48-0, the Lancers struggled to rise from the ashes of Omaha hockey legend that had created such hockey greats as Motto McLean, Eddie Bruniteau and NHL Hall of Famer Gordie Howe.
The Lancers surprised the hockey world in 1990 with the Cinderella story of a lifetime. The Lancers went from last place in the USHL to winning the league, the playoffs, finishing runner-up in the national tournament and boasting sellout crowds at Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum. The legend was born.
Since 1994, under the expert leadership of Head Coach and General Manager Mike Hastings, the Lancers have consistently been at the top of the USHL, establishing the team as one of the most successful junior hockey franchises in the nation.
In 2004, Omaha hockey legend combined with national hockey legends, and a new era of Lancer hockey began. The new ownership of the Lancers is second to none, consisting of NHL Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, future NHL Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 USA Olympic Gold medal hockey team, William "Boots" DelBiaggio, John Donovan and Ben Robert.
A TRADITION OF SUCCESS...
Throughout both collegiate and professional levels of hockey, the Omaha Lancers are considered to be one of the best Tier-1 programs in the United States. Our organization is second to none in providing gifted players a premier training ground to develop skills for the transition to future college and professional play.
The Lancers have built a strong winning tradition over the past 18 years, winning a total of 11 championships in the last 16 seasons alone. That list includes four USHL Anderson Cup Championships, a league-leading six Clark Cup Playoff Championships and one Junior National Championship.
Omaha has also become a pipeline for players heading to the NCAA Division-I hockey ranks, as 162 Lancer players have been granted Division-I scholarships the past 16 years. The National Hockey League drafted 29 of these individuals.
The Omaha Lancers have also been one of the most successful amateur sports franchises at the turnstiles. Home games are often played to a packed crowd of 4,000-plus enthusiastic fans. Even though the players are amateurs, they are treated like professionals by both fans and media alike.
As the tradition and reputation of the Lancers continues to grow, so too does the character of every team member. We take incredible pride in being the driving force in the development of our players. But more importantly is the pride in developing these young men into honest, disciplined individuals who are committed to excellence both on and off the ice.
We strongly believe the Lancers are a cut above the rest when it comes to providing a first-class setting for a young man to develop socially, academically, and athletically.
The 2005 - 2006 season marks another milestone for the franchise- the 20th anniversary of Lancer Hockey in the Omaha metro.