Each year in college hockey, the NCAA crowns a national champion. But it’s rare in hockey at any level that a team garners consideration as one of the best of all-time.
The 1992-93 University of Maine Black Bears are one of those special teams.
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the hockey program’s first national title, won by a team that went 42-1-2 and gave the university, the city of Orono and the state of Maine a moment in time that has never been forgotten.
It was perhaps the most complete team from top to bottom in college hockey history. But the success went far beyond sheer talent. The Black Bears were a close group of players who combined their talent with preparation, leadership and accountability to become champions.