UNO hockey lander Notre Dame transfer Jacob Pivonka | UNO

UNO has taken a step towards strengthening its hockey list with the signing of Notre Dame captain Jake Pivonka.

The addition of Pivonka, who had been in the transfer portal, was announced Thursday on the Mavericks’ Twitter feed.

Braked by an Achilles injury last season, the senior forward had one goal and seven assists in 25 games.

In 126 games for Fighting Irish, Pivonka had 38 points – nine goals and 29 assists. Four of those goals were match winners.

Pivonka was selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL draft by the New York Islanders.

He is also the top ten finalist for the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award. The award, presented by the Hockey Commissioners Association, is given to the player who “best exhibits exemplary sportsmanship with an unsurpassed work ethic.”

It is named after a former army player who was killed during his service in Afghanistan in 2005.

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The award will be announced Friday during the Frozen Four festivities in Boston.

Pivonka’s father Michal, who is based in Czechoslovakia, played 13 seasons for the Washington Capitals and had 599 points – 181 goals and 418 assists.

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