I take a look at the earliest incarnations of competitive hockey at the University of Nebraska at Omaha — including an attempt in the 1970s to start varsity hockey at the school.
Special thanks to UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections for its assistance directing me to old school yearbooks and providing photos for this story.
Read more here:
The Origins of UNO Hockey
I also setup a slideshow of photos I wasn’t able to include in the blog post:
It's really too bad that none of the players could have been interviewed about their experiences during that time. It would be interesting to know what they felt about the program and its direction.
I was going to ask a bunch of questions, and then actually went and read it first. Good stuff Jon. Do you know who some of the teams in the pictures were or who else they played? You know who his old coach was that called him? And who was the friend that returned from war to help start the program?
I do know who the opponents are in the pics. Some of the photos feature the UNO club team playing Gustavus Adolphus, Nebraska, and I believe I included one vs. the Creighton club team.
I’d be curious to know who Kemp’s friend (who had just returned from Vietnam) was... I’m not exactly sure why the student who wrote the story for The Gateway didn’t ask that.
Kemp played for Gustavus Adolphus when he was in college. I’ll see if I can figure out who the coach was during those years.
Also... when Kemp left after the 75-76 season, he told the Omaha World-Herald that he was planning to head home to marry is fiancée at the time — but something must have happened because he didn’t end up marrying her (different name than his wife).
I actually had a former player (from the late 70s/early 80s) DM me on Twitter about the club program in that era — he sent me a pic of his jersey.
I am going to see if I can find some additional information on those years.
As you suggest, I wish there were interviews from the lone Kemp season in 75-76.