Former DU Pioneers Help Power Avalanche to NHL’s Stanley Cup Championship

Logan O’Connor became the latest Denver Pioneer to become a Stanley Cup Champion: Photo: Sportsnet Canada

The Colorado Avalanche’s third Stanley Cup Championship was won in Tampa, Florida with a 2-1 victory in Game Six over the Tampa Bay Lightning, making Denver into the new “Hockeytown USA”, as the Avalanche joined the 2022 NCAA Champion University of Denver and USA’s Hockey High School Division II National Champion Denver East High School for a troika of Denver hockey titles in 2022. Continue reading Former DU Pioneers Help Power Avalanche to NHL’s Stanley Cup Championship

Incorporating the Controversial New DU Logo on Hockey Uniforms

We still have no information on the new interlocking DU logo’s place on Denver Hockey uniforms. While there are thousands of possible combinations, we looked at four options below. Assuming the new uniforms must have the new logo (which, we’re all still holding out hope this mandate is delayed until a better, more well-thought-out rebrand is considered), which one of the four options do you prefer?

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Assuming DU forces the new logo on Athletics, which uniform design would you prefer?

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Mixed Crime Reports Post-COVID-19 for University of Denver Area

With the conclusion of the 2021-2022 DU school year, we reviewed published police reports for the consolidated University and University Park neighborhoods thru June 2022. The trends are mixed when reviewing area neighborhood crimes. Overall, out of 78 Denver-area neighborhoods, University ranks #53 and University Park #35th on overall crime. Continue reading Mixed Crime Reports Post-COVID-19 for University of Denver Area

Deloitte Issues Annual Outlook on Sports

In the Deloitte 2022 Outlook on Sports, the public accounting and consulting firm looked at future trends in sports and reinforces many of the topics we have covered this past year. When summarizing the current trends in collegiate athletics, the overarching conclusion of the study warns of the “impacts of conference realignment and NCAA constitutional changes on smaller athletic programs.” Specifically, student-athlete Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) legislation along with spiraling costs to keep up with the Power-5 conference spending. The side-effects of these trends include the probable elimination of automatic conference berths and unlimited scholarships and liberalized transfer rules as just a few of the threats to mid-major programs going forward. Continue reading Deloitte Issues Annual Outlook on Sports

Bonnie Brae Tavern Closing, Set for Demolition

A few years ago, it was apparent that the Bonnie Brae Tavern was likely to be demolished and redeveloped. Well, sadly, that article was prescient and the famous restaurant’s time has come.

The Bonnie Brae Tavern, 740 South University Avenue, is closing this month. The throwback tavern and pizza shop, across from the Campus Lounge, will be meeting the wrecking ball. The 88-year-old institution will close June 25. New buyers, Churchill Bunn and Rhys Duggan, purchased the property for $4.5 million with plans to build a three-story apartment complex. Continue reading Bonnie Brae Tavern Closing, Set for Demolition

Denver Hockey Releases 2022-2023 Schedule

The Denver Pioneers Hockey program announced today its full schedule for the 2022-2023 season. In addition to hosting the annual Ice Breaker Tournament in October, the non-conference headline-grabbing matchup is the very next weekend’s trip back to Massachusetts to take on UMass-Amherst. This matchup of the last two national champions will be the Pioneers’ first trip back to the Bay State since winning the national title in Boston in April.

The full schedule is below: Continue reading Denver Hockey Releases 2022-2023 Schedule

A Deeper Dive Into Jersey Branding Strategy

Would Duke ever abandon its name on uniform for its initials — ‘D.U.’ ? 

Our recent story about the DU administration’s overall branding decision to perhaps move away from the full “Denver” name on sports jerseys in favor of a new logo with an abbreviated “DU” has clearly touched some nerves, so we thought we’d share a deeper dive on the subject, comparing this strategy to other universities.

Rather than going through the jersey branding for every team in the country, we examined the current top 10 hockey programs, the top 10 lacrosse programs, the top 10 basketball programs, the Summit League members, and ten metro/urban universities to better understand jersey branding practices.

What did we find?

In nearly every case, schools branded their uniforms with the University name/location and not an abbreviation. Continue reading A Deeper Dive Into Jersey Branding Strategy

Berlo Cites ‘Cultural Fit’ in Pursuit of Denver Athletic Director Job

Former University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Director Josh Berlo was officially introduced as the University of Denver’s new AD at a press conference in the Gottesfeld Room at the Ritchie Center Thursday morning. His hire becomes effective July 15th after his nine-year run with the Bulldogs. Continue reading Berlo Cites ‘Cultural Fit’ in Pursuit of Denver Athletic Director Job

Breaking: UMD’s Josh Berlo Tabbed as DU’s Next Athletic Director

The University of Denver has reached out to a familiar hockey face to lead the Pioneer Athletic Department and named Josh Berlo as its new Vice-Chancellor for Athletics and Ritchie Center Operations. The announcement will be made this morning at 10:45 at Ritchie Center on the DU campus. Berlo has been the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Athletic Director since 2013 and had just signed a three-year contract extension at UMD just a couple of weeks ago. The Pioneers, however, were able to pry him away from Duluth. Continue reading Breaking: UMD’s Josh Berlo Tabbed as DU’s Next Athletic Director

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