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

Ben Scrivens, Nail Yakupov,
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.”

Scrivens, 31, recently retired after eight seasons, including parts of five seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens. During his tenure as an NHL goaltender, Scrivens logged a 47-64-17 record with a 2.92 goals against average (GAA) and .905 save percentage. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native also played in the ECHL, American Hockey League (AHL) and Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Internationally, he represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and the 2018 Winter Olympics where he helped his country to a bronze medal with a 1.61 GAA and .929 SV% in three games played.

Prior to starting his professional career, Scrivens played four years at Cornell University where he averaged a 2.00 GAA and a .927 SV% in 117 games. Scrivens was named a second-team all-American in 2009 and a first-team all-American in 2010, the same year in which he was recognized as ECAC Goaltender-of-the-Year and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

The DU press release did not specify whether Scrivens’ position was paid or volunteer, whether he could coach on-ice with a “team manager” title or whether Scrivens would be replacing Joe Howe, DU’s former Director of Hockey Operations, who had recently accepted an assistant coaching position at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.


11 thoughts on “DU Adds Ben Scrivens as Second Former NHL Player to Pioneer Hockey Team Staff”

    1. I am not sure he is getting paid in currency. He may be getting part or all of his grad school tuition comped in return for his service to the hockey program. For a number of these NHL guys joining college hockey staffs, most are coming out of pro hockey with a few million in the bank already, meaning money is not usually the primary motivator in these decisions. They want to grow their exposure to hockey coaching/management and start to give back to the game they love.

      And all universities beg for money, especially privates. They have to do it. For DU, 70% of its money comes from tuition and most of the rest comes from philanthropy. Donors are critical for schools like DU.

      Speaking of begging for money, DU is getting much more sophisticated and professional around its philanthropy operation in the last few years. It can’t just rely on big checks from the cable industry any more, so they are trying to widen the sphere of people who are connected to DU. There is a lot more outreach around engagement – not just begging.


  1. My guess would be tuition free for his one year of grad school.
    That would be a win win for both parties.

    Having an NHL goalie on board to mentor our young players certainly makes sense.

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  2. There is no way he is paid or compensated at all. A student can not be paid or compensated, per NCAA rules…he is a grad student who is probably just doing his best to get his “foot in the door”…


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