The Denver Pioneers Hockey program announced today its full schedule for the 2021-2022 season. The schedule in its entirety can be seen in the tweet below and in the image above.
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) June 2, 2021
The nonconference portion of the schedule is roughly the same as the 2020-2021 season’s was going to be after the Wisconsin series cancellation, which was not due to Covid, rather a scheduling issue with Wisconsin Football. Then, all hell broke loose with the pandemic and nonconference play was canceled as a whole. Now, this season, with nonconference play back in our lives, the Pioneers pick right back up where they left off with essentially what would have been their schedule a year ago.
The Pioneers will open their season at Magness Arena against Arizona State and their 768 different uniform combinations for Homecoming the second weekend of October before remaining in Colorado to play a home-and-home series with Air Force the following weekend. The Pioneers will also return to Boston for their seemingly annual east coast swing to play Providence and Boston College, both of whom were originally on the schedule a year ago. Denver will then finish its nonconference slate over New Year’s Weekend against Alaska Fairbanks.
DU’s NCHC schedule, by contrast, may give the Pios a bit of a break as they only have to play defending conference champion North Dakota and 2021 National Finalist St. Cloud State twice each. The Fighting Hawks will not make a return trip to Denver after the rivals square off in Grand Forks to open conference play in November while the Pioneers will not make the return trip to St. Cloud. The Pios and Huskies play at Magness Arena on January 14 & 15.
Denver, of course, will be looking to rebound after a subpar season a year ago, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
You can buy/renew your season tickets at the link in the tweet above or click here for instructions.