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Alex Cathcart always wanted to go into hockey operations, and he and the Lincoln Stars now will be looking at the sport from all angles.

The Northridge, California, native was named the Stars' director of hockey operations Wednesday.

Ten months ago, the 20-year-old Cathcart suffered a concussion, leaving his playing days in the North American Hockey League behind. With plans already to attend the University of Nebraska in the fall, he thought it would be a good idea to get in touch with the Stars organization and keep the game of hockey close to him.

"At UNL I'll be studying math," Cathcart said. "I want to try and bring a statistical system to analyze how our players are playing and producing for us. I want to look at where we can improve and help the players improve their own game as well."

Cathcart's experience with hockey and his pursuing a math degree made it an easy choice for Stars general manager Jon Hull.

Math plays a big role in hockey, with analytics factoring into the sport.

"It will help explore some areas of the game for us, and enhance our players' development," Hull said. "We have another set of eyes to help execute and develop each player specifically."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7431 or tgray@journalstar.com.

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