The Brotherhood, as the players call it, has created a sense of unity, sending Miami (Ohio) to back-to-back appearances in the Frozen Four and helping the team through two heartbreaking moments in the past 12 months.
The RedHawks were first tested by their loss in the national championship game last April. Miami surrendered a two-goal lead in the final minute of regulation and lost, 4-3, in overtime to Boston University.
The team then was rocked in February by the death of student manager Brendan Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. Brendan Burke died in a car accident while returning from a visit to East Lansing.
"Our brotherhood stresses that it's about getting better each day and building on our relationships," said junior forward Tommy Wingels. "It's something the program really learned a couple months ago with the Brendan incident. You can't take anything for granted. You have to make the best of every situation and enjoy it, and that's what we do as a big group of guys, not as individuals."