Monday Morning Pioneer News Dump

  • While DU may not be the Harvard of the west, Denver is quickly becoming the Yale of the Rockies. DU already added lacrosse transfers Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler from Yale and last week, DU Hockey head coach David Carle followed in Bill Tierney’s footsteps and added grad transfer goalie Corbin Kaczperski to the roster. Kaczperski will start classes at DU in the spring which makes him eligible to begin playing for the Pios in December when the NCHC Pod begins.
  • Staying with hockey, the Pioneers were picked to finish 2nd in the NCHC behind only North Dakota by media members from around the conference and country. The full preseason poll is just below:

  • DU men’s hoops announced their schedule. They have a full nonconference slate with seven games at home and three on the road before Summit League play begins. The schedule is in the tweet below:

  • DU’s newest sport, Women’s Triathlon, added three new scholarship athletes from New York, Texas, and California. Look for coach Barbara Perkins to build what could be one of DU athletics’ most interesting teams. They take to land and sea this spring.
  • DU women’s golf added  Clara Gestsdottir from Kópavogur, Iceland. While the reach of DU golf recruiting from Italy to the Nordics is impressive, the village of Kópavogur has a unique history. Villagers believe in ‘Huldufolk’ – supernatural elves that live in nature. They are said to look and behave similarly to humans but live in a parallel world.
  • Ade Murkey signed a tryout contract with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. That opens up the door for a possible G-League invitation or a role, now or in the future, in the NBA ($1.6 million minimum/annually). Another former Pioneer, Royce O’Neal made a similar move with the Sacramento Kings.
  • The University of Denver launched the eSports tournament DU NHL 21 Winter Faceoff that runs from November 19th to December 2nd. Since NBC’s Doc Emrick retired, DU turned to Jay Stickney, DU’s hockey play-by-play voice, to call the tournament. For open sign-ups, go HERE.
  • For skeptics who believe athletic departments are full of ‘dumb jocks’, take a look at Denver’s student-athletes. DU athletes continue to outperform their peers both on the field of play and off.

  • DU remains at COVID-19 Level Orange. As a result, DU has moved to remote classes through the remainder of the term. Discussions are ongoing to delay the return from winter break by an additional week in mid-January.
  • Winter sports were set to resume this week when Denver men’s hoops played Colorado Christian at 6:00 PM MT Wednesday, November 25th at Hamilton gym. Unfortunately, DU canceled the game Monday. So, we’ll have to wait…

2 thoughts on “Monday Morning Pioneer News Dump”

  1. Kópavogur is the second largest city in Iceland with a population of 35,000 — it adjoins the capital city of Reykjavik — sorta like Aurora adjoins Denver. It also has a 20-story building, tallest on the island.

    In other words, you probably won’t see many elves there…:)

  2. Icelandic elves were prominently featured in the Will Ferrell’s Eurovisiom FIRESAGA movie. Nice detail about the 20 story building, Swami. The tallest one in Iceland for that i visited was the iconic Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik. I totally remembered how to spell that building, and there was no need at all for me to copy and paste it.

    I love the fact that we have a DU athlete from Iceland, I wonder if that is the first. I bet Iceland would be a decent recruiting ground for soccer, too. Though those kids are probably heavily invested in the whole Icelandic development system, and may not be interested in US colleges.

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