Colorado Springs owns the Tiger Spirit

The opening stanza in Colorado College’s Alumni hymn says it all, “O Colorado College fair, We sing our praise to you.”  And, this year’s squad is as fair as it gets at 7-7.

But a .500 record has delighted their fan base after only winning 6 games two years ago and 8 games last season.

The recent upturn in Colorado College hockey fortunes has bolstered community spirits, too. People in The Springs have adopted the Tiger spirit – and there are signs of a new attitude all over town.

CC Firefighter
Local fire fighter adopts the Tiger standard
CC Doctor
St Francis Hospital Surgery team enjoy a more relaxed approach to their work.
CC Cooking Class
Old School Bakery’s goal is to delight one out of every two customers
CC Teacher
Both students and teachers are enjoying the new standard of excellence at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary
CC Construction
New Homeowners are learning to live without luxuries such as roofs, doors and paint.
CC Airplane
Checking on most of the ‘big stuff’ has improved the quality of life of airline mechanics in Colorado Springs
CC hippie
And many Colorado College students just don’t know that much about hockey – or sports in general

 

 

30 thoughts on “Colorado Springs owns the Tiger Spirit”

  1. is magness game on thursday or friday? schedule says friday but saw an ad on tv last night that said thursday. thanks for info. go du!

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  2. This weekend won’t be easy. I am not a big fan of scheduling CC when the DU students are off for winter break. Any extra bucks DU might make by selling the student section seats to townies at full pop is offset by the loss of student energy in the building, as least in my book.

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    1. I would technically agree, but there really hasn’t been any student energy this year. Can’t really have a loss of that when there was hardly any to begin with. Student section has been extremely quiet all year long.

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      1. Student attendance (and engagement/noise level) at DU is always a moving target. But you could always count on getting 450-750 DU students in the house for the DU/CC game when DU is in session, and while they may not always bring big numbers and noise for some other opponents, at least with DU vs. CC there is much higher engagement levels than normal.

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      2. I want to share an experience we had this season. When DU played North Dakota we sat by the DU bench behind the glass on Friday night. It was dead. Saturday night, we sat directly above the student section. It was crazy loud, the band was loud and they stood and yelled the entire game. First, I know this was North Dakota so there was more energy than other games. Second, they drowned out ND fans in our section – not the case Friday night by the DU bench. We wondered if the arena acoustics combined with the glass in front of most of the student section really muffles/stops their noise. I had four seats for each game (the same people) and we all agreed there was a huge difference, depending on where you sit. (And yes, I know DU won the second game – but it was loud and rowdy from the start.)

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  3. A 6 week Christmas break is way too long and will always interfere with a huge home hockey game or 2. College students don’t need to be home for Thanksgiving. They are not 10 year old. When I attended DU, we had 10 days of class and exams after Thanksgiving. My best Thanksgivings ever were spent in Vail and Steamboat.

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  4. Most DU students LOVE the long 6 week break. They can work longer and make more money, travel, even take some off-campus Interterm classes. It’s a big selling point in the recruiting wars for regular students and athletes. I also think the long break helps our athletes who are in season then, as they can play their sports and not worry about classes or homework for much of that break. The downsides are the lost home crowds for hoops and hockey, and the fact that classes run until June, when most schools finish in May.

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      1. The only other explanation is that they pulled the wrong cart at CBS at a break- but we cant find it. Sounds like a one-off situation.

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      2. can’t blame cbs for the copy saying “december 7th” but at least they pulled it after minimal airings i guess

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  5. DU really hasn’t had a really senior sports marketing function since Dave Madson was there years ago. They have some good people in functional areas like development, promotions, media relations and sponsorships, but they could also use a senior sports marketing person to really be more holistic/strategic in how they plan and execute.

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    1. wow, that’s pretty crazy there’s no marketing director at a prominent DI school like DU… maybe new AD will have someone they can bring in.

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    1. ‘Rumors’ have DU making the selection before January so there is an overlap with Doppes. That being said, it could be taking more time than planned/expected. No decision yet – as far as we know.

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  6. Let’s hope the new AD has a likeable, intelligent, marketing professional in mind to take the reigns over there at Buchtel and University and make the appropriate connections for DU to the Denver community

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  7. Great write up boys. You’re joking but for every pound of kidding there’s an ounce of truth. Considering you’ve beaten us 14 straight and given the talent you have, a tie might feel like a win for us Tiger fans simply because of the losing streak. On paper, you are the better team but I can say that CC is a much improved squad this season and we have a top line that can compete with any other’s in the NCHC. The question will be depth-do we have the horses to keep up? And can our defenders slow down your “big three” as we know Monty likes to be tactical and move them around up and down the lineup. You’ll have the added advantage Friday of last change. We gotta minimize our trips to the penalty box as DU’s PP is lethal (2nd best in the country at over 28%). It’s critical that CC play five-on-five hockey for as much of the weekend as possible, rely on Alex LeClerc between the pipes (who’s been stellar for much of the season so far), and basically play nearly flawless hockey. These will be the keys to CC having any success. It should be a spirited series for sure.

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    1. LeClerc will be the key if CC is going to steal one (or two). As we learned from Notre Dame a hot goaltender can own the weekend. And, there is no doubt that CC has motivation to beat the streak. It should be a much better weekend than the last several seasons, that is for sure.

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  8. I am expecting very close games this weekend in both rinks. CC is vastly improved, and anyone who thinks DU is going to coast to easy wins based on the last 14 games between these teams is fooling themselves. CC hard already moved up from the NCHC basement to a mid pack team. The Pios will need to work very hard to be successful.

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