As we prepare to enter the 2017-2018 season, we’re looking at some big changes for the Omaha Blue Wave as they continue their transition to the AHL.
The team has made some moves this off-season that we think are a great start.
The Blue Wave are set to move from the American Hockey League to the American Professional Hockey League (APHL) this season, but they’re still working on a long-term deal that will see them stay in Omaha and continue to play in Omaha’s Midwestern Hockey League for the next three years.
While that’s a long way off, the club has a good deal of stability in place with the ownership group and the coaching staff, so there’s no reason to think things won’t improve.
The club’s ownership group is led by John Schaeffer, who is the former president of the Omaha Chiefs of the United States Hockey League and an Omaha native.
The Omaha Blue Wings will remain in Omaha, but Schaeff has moved on to a coaching position in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, which has been announced.
Schaeffer coached the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League this season and has experience coaching teams in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Schauffer has also coached in the ECHL, but the Blue Waves new AHL affiliation with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American AHL means that he’ll be coaching in the Omaha area for the first time.
Schneffer is a veteran coach in the professional ranks, having spent 10 seasons with the Chicago Wolves of the ECHA and nine seasons with St. Louis Blues of the NHL.
He’s also a former player in the National Hockey League.
Schkeffer has been the head coach of the WHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede since 2014, and he also spent time as head coach and general manager of the Minnesota North Stars of the Western Hockey League last season.
The Stampedes are now in the American American Hockey Association (AHA).
Schaeff coached the Blue Stars in the AHA from 2013-2016.
Schaff was named the AHL’s coach of year in 2017-19 after leading the Blue Wings to the Calder Cup Finals and winning the Calder Memorial Trophy.
The two-time defending AHL Coach of the Year won two championships as the head of the Blue Storm in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Schuette was named a 2017-20 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee.
He has also won the Bob McKenzie Award and the Brian Burke Trophy.
Schreese was the head coaching staff coach of seven AHL teams between the ages of 20 and 25, and was also an assistant coach in four AHL teams.
He also spent three seasons as the assistant coach and assistant general manager for the AHL team that won the Stanley Cup Championship in 2016-17, and that team’s first AHL championship in 15 years.
The former NHLer won two Calder Memorial Trophies with the Blue Jackets and is the only coach to win two Stanley Cups with the team he helped coach in Columbus from 2003-06.
Schoeder is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, and his teams won two more Stanley Cups in 2006 and 2008.
The Blue Storm won the AHL championship with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12 and reached the Stanley Tournament four times.
Schmidt has spent the last five seasons as an assistant and general partner with the Dallas Stars, and the club won the Calder Championship in 2018.
He has been an AHL coach for the past two seasons, and Schmidt was a part of the Texas Stars’ coaching staff for the 2014-15 season.
Schieman’s team won the American Championship with Dallas in 2019.
Schmeer’s Dallas Stars teams have won two AHL titles and reached at least the second round of the Stanley Cups Playoffs in the last three seasons.
Schmuel is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and played eight seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Stars, Islanders, Blackhawks, Red Wings, and Panthers.
He was an assistant with the Arizona Coyotes from 1999-2002, a head coach with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-09, and a general manager with the Winnipeg Jets from 2004-07.
Schuster is a former assistant with Dallas from 2001-03, a general partner of the Chicago Blackhawks for three seasons, a GM with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2004, and an assistant GM with Dallas for two seasons.
The Texas Stars won the Memorial Cup in 2000, 2004, 2007, and 2011.
Schiller is a five-time Calder Trophy winner and a four-time Vezina Trophy winner with Dallas.
He also spent the previous four seasons as Dallas’ general manager.
Schilling spent the first nine seasons of his career in the NBA, where he played for the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.
He won the NBA Championship with the Bulls in 2006.
Schillings teams have made the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons in Dallas, and in the next two seasons will be playing in the