It wasn’t that long ago that a year like 2015-16 would have been unthinkable for Maine hockey.
Eight wins. That’s it. In a whole damn season. And not one of those wins came against a team with a record of .500 or better. And really, it wasn’t just last season. Maine hockey has been putrid for years, less than a decade after making two consecutive Frozen Fours.
There are a lot of reasons why the Black Bears haven’t been consistently good for a long time. Coaching problems have been obvious, but more to the point the recruiting just hasn’t been there. Red Gendron and Tim Whitehead before them could still get a handful of good players, but depth routinely fails them. With more schools in Division 1 than ever, it’s hard to attract kids to a college that’s 20 miles from nowhere, and whose last national title — which you still hear about endlessly — came when they were in diapers. It’s not a new problem, and it’s why they have one 20-win season since 2007-08.
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