Over 170 Denver Hockey Alumni, representing all decades of the 70 years of DU Hockey are expected to return to the DU campus this weekend for DU’s hockey series against Niagara. This is the largest DU gathering of DU hockey alumni in history, surpassing the program’s 60th Anniversary celebration in October of 2009.
“We are really excited for this amazing turnout this weekend,” said former DU defenseman Rod Summers (’90), who is organizing the events from the hockey alumni side. “We have all decades represented, and the guys are really looking forward to getting back to Denver to reunite with each other and to support the DU hockey program.”
A number of events are planned for the hockey alumni, including pre-game and post-game receptions, tours of DU’s new locker room complex, as well as an on-ice tribute between periods of Saturday’s DU vs. Niagara hockey game.
Additionally, the public is welcome to attend two free DU alumni hockey games scheduled from 12-3 pm at Magness Arena on Saturday, November 2nd, one for the older alums, and another one to follow for the younger alums. As per DU tradition, you can also expect to also see the “Orange/Lemon” breakaway showdowns, as DU players recreate the weekly post-practice custom started by former DU legendary coach Murray Armstrong in the 1950s, and still practiced today by each Pioneer hockey team. If you are unfamiliar with Orange/Lemon, this 2007 feature video will get you up to speed,
With 70 years of DU hockey players now represented, the DU hockey alumni group is soon reaching the largest size it will ever be. The growth of young alumni classes is starting to be offset by the losses of older alumni as they, sadly, pass away.
We here at LetsGoDU are always proud of DU’s hockey history — but especially so as our alums return to campus. We hope you will cheer them on this weekend!