Omaha Lancers 'resuming hockey operations on Monday'

The U.S. Hockey League, which includes the Omaha Lancers and Lincoln Stars, has suspended its season effective immediately.
Posted at 10:33 AM, Nov 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-22 10:52:34-05

OMAHA, NEB. (KMTV) — This week, players with the Lancers threatened to boycott games and other staff resigned in response to budget cuts. On Saturday, according to a release from the United States Hockey League (USHL), an investigation is underway and Lancers President Dave Deluca has been placed on administrative leave.

The USHL said:

On Friday, November 19, representatives from the United States Hockey League (USHL) and USA Hockey met with Omaha Lancers players. The meeting took place away from Ralston Arena. Players shared their perspectives as a team, in smaller groups and individually. Representatives provided contact information and followed up with players with an update last night and earlier this evening. There is an additional meeting scheduled virtually for Sunday morning.

Separately on Friday, the third-party investigation into the Lancers organization was launched. The investigator in charge, who is a SafeSport Coordinator, has begun interviews which will include players, former coaches, front office staff and ownership. Omaha ownership and management have pledged their support and cooperation with the investigation. The League is committed to working with the Lancers players to rebuild trust within the organization and to allow the findings of the investigation to determine the proper course of action.

On Saturday, the Lancers placed President Dave Deluca on administrative leave.

The USHL has selected Josh Mervis to oversee operations of the Lancers during the course of the investigation. Mervis has been involved in the USHL for nearly 20 years as an Owner, Head Coach, General Manager and Club Vice President. Mervis is currently a non-active, minority partner of the Lancers and serves as the Chair of the USHL Competition Committee.

The USHL provided another update on Sunday evening:

On Sunday morning, United States Hockey League (USHL) President and Commissioner Bill Robertson and Josh Mervis, a representative appointed by the USHL to oversee operations of the Omaha Lancers, met virtually with Lancers players to introduce Mervis and Omaha Lancers Head Coach Gary Graham to the team.

As a result of the meeting, the team will be resuming hockey operations on Monday, November 22. The Lancers will return to the ice for practice in preparation for scheduled game action next weekend (November 27 and 28). Robertson will be traveling to Omaha on Monday to meet with players and staff.

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