Denver hockey locker room upgrade finally gets green light

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After years of fundraising, the University of Denver hockey team is finally getting its much-needed locker room upgrade. According to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, DU has officially given the green light to the $2.1 million upgrade to be completed by the time the puck drops on the 2017-18 season.

The program had been finding it difficult to secure the needed funds to finally make this happen until  DU alumnus and board of trustee member John Miller gave the project a significant donation. In turn, the upgraded facilities will be named the Miller Hockey Complex, which will double the size of the current facilities from roughly 3,800 square feet to 7,000 square feet.

Said Miller in a statement:

The combination of academic and athletic success at the University of Denver is unparalleled nationwide. We, as alumni, must continue to support our student-athletes in both academic programs and athletic facilities. My family and I are pleased to support the hockey complex project as it further demonstrates the University of Denver’s commitment to excellence.

Over the past decade, college athletics has seen somewhat a facilities “arms race.” From football to basketball and even to hockey, to stay up-to-date and compete for top recruits, programs have found the need to invest heavily in facilities upgrades. Denver wasn’t slow on the uptake as they started raising funds for this project while George Gwozdecky was still at the helm of the program.

While the process didn’t go as quickly as many had hoped, but thanks to more than 140 donors, including 70 former players, it got done and DU will finally be able to close the gap between them and programs like North Dakota and Omaha in the arms race. Denver was already an attractive program for top recruits, but the new facilities will keep Denver atop the college hockey world for years to come.

“With the Miller Hockey Complex, DU hockey will maintain its leadership among the nation’s elite programs for years to come and we can’t wait to see the final product later this year,” Montgomery said to the Denver Post.

According to the Post’s report, the new facilities will include a players’ lounge, off-ice training,  hydrotherapy pools, nutrition station, study area, and will prominently feature various moments in DU hockey history for any passersby.

This is a major step forward for an already elite program. Denver wasn’t exactly losing out on recruits before, but the new complex will only make DU’s case stronger in the minds of top prospects.

6 thoughts on “Denver hockey locker room upgrade finally gets green light”

  1. This is so needed. There is no doubt that our 2004 and 2005 NCAA titles were won with players recruited when Magness was a state-of-the-art, new facility, which it no longer is.

    According to my highly-placed sources, DU lost at least three blue-chip recruits in the Monty era over our outdated, 15+ year old team facilities. These aren’t just dressing rooms – they’ve become active hubs for the whole hockey operation and players spend hours every day here, training, studying, watching film, eating, taking medical treatments and rehabbing, relaxing, etc. It’s their inner sanctum and they are HUGE recruiting factors. All of the NCHC have upgraded hockey facilities in recent years, and DU was far behind the rest of the league.

    Glad to see this get done.

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  2. Eehhhh…OK. I realize that this will help recruiting and the team that we love to follow, but it is still a shame that this is necessary. Hopefully fundraising efforts for academic programs are half as successful as this. I suppose it will be very nice when completed. Hopefully the donors get a chance to soak in the hydrotherapy pools and grab a bite at the nutrition station.

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  3. No, you’re stupid–nanny, nanny, nah-nah! Love these dudes who lack the brain capacity to write more than five words at a time.

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  4. I think DU can do both – it is not an either or issue. The University just completed nearly $100 million in new engineering/computer science and international studies facilities. I have heard they are also working plans for new dorms and even a hotel. The reality is that commercial locker rooms need to be redone every 10-15 years. I have a friend that is a member of a local health club that just had a 2 million dollar assessment to redo their locker areas. This work is expensive – plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc.. my guess is that DU even scaled back their plans to hit this target.

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  5. DU is also enjoying endowment growth, which has gone from $450 million in 2014 when Chancellor Chopp took over, to over $600 million now. The stock market is part of that, but so is foundation fundraising, which is a new revenue stream for DU,

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