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Denver Men’s Lacrosse faces classic trap game at Marquette

Photo courtesy of The Denver Post

Everything looks like smooth sailing for the #2 University of Denver Pioneers. Following a 12-2 thumping of Providence last weekend at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium and a certain #1 seed for the BIG EAST tournament, the final regular season game against Marquette (6-6, 2-2 Big East) feels almost anticlimactic. Denver coasted to their 4th straight conference #1 seed and still have never lost in regular season BIG EAST play. Add to that, the Pioneers are assured of facing the Golden Eagles again the following week in the Big East tournament semifinals at Villanova.

This is the classic trap game. Continue reading Denver Men’s Lacrosse faces classic trap game at Marquette

Panthers, spiders, and snakes – oh my!

Jim Montgomery met with the Florida Panthers on Monday. While the meeting was held privately, here is our take on the interview between Dale Tallon (DT), GM Florida Panthers and DU head coach Jim Montgomery (JM).

9:10 am – Undisclosed Hotel – Sunrise, Florida

DT: Big Jim – Welcome to the land of gators and fire ants.

JM: Yeah nice…the kids are enjoying it here. They had never seen Kudzu.

DT: It’s a great place, Jim. The homes are nice – just make sure you get one built to withstand tropical storms and hurricanes. Mold can be bad, too. Kids have asthma? Continue reading Panthers, spiders, and snakes – oh my!

AHCA meetings to address critical issues of the day

Photo: North Dakota hockey staff prepare for coaches meetings in Naples, Florida 

As many of you may know, the American Hockey Coaches Association is meeting, starting today in Naples, Florida. LetsGoDU has received exclusive access to the meeting agenda. Below is a copy of the agenda and our recommended solutions for the top four issues facing college hockey today:

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NCAA nixes early lacrosse recruiting to the benefit of all

The Changing the Game organization has it right. Their slogan? “Return youth sports to children, and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’”  One of the big issues facing young athletes is ‘early recruiting’ – in every NCAA sport.

Lacrosse has been one of the primary culprits. Over the last decade, the college recruiting process has been trending earlier and earlier on an annual basis with 13 and 14-year-old players getting coaching visits and offers. A recently approved proposal applies exclusively to the sport of lacrosse and not other NCAA sports.  Continue reading NCAA nixes early lacrosse recruiting to the benefit of all

NCHC must look west for growth

As an old musher used to say, “The lead dog has the best view”.

In this writer’s view, the NCHC is currently sitting pretty. However, now is not the time to sit and enjoy the sights. The NCHC should begin to work to create a short and long-term strategic plan to grow the NCHC into a truly national conference. The plan would protect the league’s short-term stability and provide long-term growth while ensuring its premier status.  Continue reading NCHC must look west for growth

The University of Denver’s ties to the Miracle on Ice run deep

Photo: The 1959 Soviet Union team that came to Colorado Springs to play Colorado College and DU

Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from author Dick Hiker who wrote this for LetsGoDU to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the biggest game in DU hockey history. It may be the best article on DU hockey ever published. Thanks to Damien Goddard for capturing this gem and Dick Hiker for providing the game account.

****DU graduate Craig Patrick, BA Business Administration ’69 a member of the National Hockey League Hall of Fame will be a guest speaker at the DU Alumni Weekend May 20th who will talk about hockey at DU, playing the Soviet Union and his business career if you want to learn more.****

Article by Dick Hiker

Fifty years ago—on Saturday Jan. 10. 1959—a dramatic international hockey game was played in Colorado and the result catapulted both the American collegiate game and the University of Denver’s program to a new level.

On the ice at the old Broadmoor Arena in Colorado Springs, the Pioneers pulled off perhaps their most stunning “upset” in history, fiercely battling to a 4-4 tie with the powerful Soviet Union National team. Continue reading The University of Denver’s ties to the Miracle on Ice run deep

Stark Contrast as East Coast Meets Front Range

Photo: Freshman point guards Elijah Blake and Elvin Rodriguez will take the floor this fall for the Pioneers

When Rodney Billups took the reins of the Denver Pioneers, he vowed to play fast. Under his system, point guards ‘stir the drink’ and make things happen. So, his first two signings show his desire to build from the outside in with the addition of two versatile ball-handling point guards. Continue reading Stark Contrast as East Coast Meets Front Range

Wash down those Jim Montgomery rumors with this grain of salt

Photo courtesy of 9News

The noise is getting louder and unease is growing across Denver and all of Pionation. And the answer is not coming for at least another 7-10 days.

What is going to happen with Monty – and the players, too? We’ve hardly had time to wear our championship hats and shirts – and now, this.

Continue reading Wash down those Jim Montgomery rumors with this grain of salt

Denver tennis facility nears final approval

Photo: The proposed Denver Tennis Park site layout presented for public comment on March 24th

We told you about a proposed new tennis center at South High a year ago and now the project appears closer to fruition than ever.

A Denver sport that toils without a great deal of public visibility is DU men’s and women’s tennis. Historically, Denver has had both singles and doubles players ranked in the top 10 nationally and has a proud tradition of success. However, men’s head coach Ricardo Rubio and women’s head coach Christian Thompson have been fighting an uphill recruiting battle armed with a small and aging outdoor Stapleton Tennis Center with no on-campus indoor courts. Despite success with Summit League titles, DU has been slipping nationally in the recruiting battles. Continue reading Denver tennis facility nears final approval