Puck Swami’s Guide to 2018-2019 DU Sports Fan Road Trips

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Traveling to watch Pioneer Sports is one of the great joys of life.  Photo: Aviation Stackexchange

While not all of DU’s teams have announced their 2018-2019 schedules yet, we know just enough to start planning potential road trips to see our beloved Pioneers play in some of America’s most iconic destinations. If you’ve never travelled to see the Pioneers play, you are missing out on some amazing experiences.  There is a special “us against the world” feeling that comes from watching DU on the road as Pio fan, and when the team gets a road win, it can feel even more special than a home win, because the team just needs you more on the road. Here are some possibilities to help get you started, with DU men’s  hockey, basketball, soccer and lacrosse road trips, in alphabetical order by area:

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Fight Oar Die at DU: a Pioneering sendoff

Photo courtesy Jason Evans & Fight Oar Die
Denver Pioneer head hockey coach David Carle, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, and the media all came out Monday afternoon on campus to meet “Fight Oar Die”, the DU supported team of veterans who will row across the Atlantic this December. Also on hand was “Woobie,” the 30-foot rowboat the men hope will carry them to victory. Continue reading Fight Oar Die at DU: a Pioneering sendoff

Another Shinyashiki Hat Trick Vaults #5 Pioneers over #22 San Francisco Dons, 3-0

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Senior Striker Andre Shinyashiki put on another goal scoring show with his third hat trick in just seven games as #5 DU beat #22 USF, 3-0 Sunday. Photo: University of Denver

Senior Striker Andre Shinyashiki continued his torrid scoring pace, producing all three DU goals in the fifth-ranked Pioneer men’s 3-0 sun-baked soccer shut-out demolition of the #22nd-ranked University of San Francisco Dons at DU Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 16.

The hat trick was his third such three-goal performance in this young season, as the Brazilian continues to lead the nation in goal scoring, with 13 goals in just seven games, which is already the second-most season goals in DU’s Division I history.  He also had scored twice in Friday’s 3-1 win over Harvard, and set-up the game-winner with an assist, and today notched his third-straight multi-goal game to keep the Pioneers undefeated at 6-0-1 on the season.  All three of Shinyashiki’s goals today came in the second half to blow open a 0-0 halftime tie in 92 degree heat, after the first half had seen Shinyashiki create a number of near misses. Continue reading Another Shinyashiki Hat Trick Vaults #5 Pioneers over #22 San Francisco Dons, 3-0

Shinyashiki’s Brace Powers Denver over Harvard, 3-1 

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Andre Shinyashiki (Right) lines up his curling 20-yard shot in the 64th minute that would be the final DU goal in the Pios’ 3-1 victory over Harvard (Photo:University of Denver)

It was almost a perfect night at University of Denver Soccer Stadium. Harvard was in town to take on the undefeated and fifth-ranked Denver Pioneers, with a game-time temperature at 80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. A big, buzzing school-is-back-in-session crowd nearly filled the stadium gave the night some extra verve, with the smell of $1 hot dogs everywhere.

All that was needed was a goal-scoring hero for the home team, and DU’s Brazillian senior striker Andre Shinyashiki, the leading goal scorer in NCAA Division I soccer, did his job with his pair of elegant goals to elevate the University of Denver to a 3-1 win over Harvard in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate. Continue reading Shinyashiki’s Brace Powers Denver over Harvard, 3-1 

DU Adds Ben Scrivens as Second Former NHL Player to Pioneer Hockey Team Staff

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Former NHL Goalie Ben Scrivens (left) has joined the DU Hockey Staff/Photo: Sportsnet Canada

Denver Pioneer head hockey coach David Carle continues to add experienced NHL insights to his program staff, having named named former Cornell all-American and eight-year NHLer/Team Canada goaltender Ben Scrivens to the newly-created position of Team Manager on Sept. 6, 2018.

The new position will be filled while Scriven’s earns his masters degree at DU. Carle had previously added longtime NHL player Steve Reinprecht as a volunteer assistant earlier in the summer, making room for two former NHL players to enter the team’s brain trust.

“We are excited to add someone to our staff with the playing pedigree that Ben has,” Carle said in a DU Press Release. “While he pursues his masters at DU, he will be able to add a valuable perspective to our staff.” Continue reading DU Adds Ben Scrivens as Second Former NHL Player to Pioneer Hockey Team Staff

Campus Lounge 3.0 – Returning to its roots

It only took 4 months and, by several accounts, several million dollars. The ‘new’ Campus Lounge collapsed with their new age food concept and spartan entertainment. Dan Landes, the owner, offered a stark assessment. “Basically, it’s a failure…My intention with Campus Lounge was to save an iconic sign, but not the legacy of a great man (former owner Jim Wiste). He built a bar that people love and I didn’t pay Jim’s legacy enough respect because, honestly, I’m not passionate about sports.” Continue reading Campus Lounge 3.0 – Returning to its roots

Pioneer Men’s Soccer Edges Third-Ranked Washington Huskies, 3-2 on Shinyashiki’s Dramatic Double-OT Golden Goal

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In sports, the promise of an entire college season can be launched with a single early season victory over a ranked opponent.

And while we don’t yet know how the rest of the season will go for the University of Denver Men’s Soccer Team, if great things do happen to the Pioneers the year, they will likely look back on August 30, 2018 at Pioneer Soccer Stadium as the night they found out that they deserved to be a Top 10 soccer team. The Pioneers stormed back from a second-half deficit to shock the #3 ranked University of Washington Huskies, 3-2 in double overtime on a dramatic, walk-off golden goal from Brazilian senior striker Andre Shinyashiki. Continue reading Pioneer Men’s Soccer Edges Third-Ranked Washington Huskies, 3-2 on Shinyashiki’s Dramatic Double-OT Golden Goal

Summit League bromance is risky business

Photo: Sanford Health CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft and Summit League Commissioner are ‘close personal friends’.

When does a partnership go too far and threaten fairness in decision making? At what point does the principal get too close to the customer to negotiate a good deal. And, at what point does the customer start to influence internal decisions made by the principal with potential risk to the principal’s interests and other stakeholders? Continue reading Summit League bromance is risky business

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