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BREAKING NEWS: David Carle named Denver Hockey Coach

LetsGoDU can now report, based on reliable sources, that the University of Denver is prepared to announce David Carle as the new hockey head coach for the University of Denver. Carle was a favorite of outgoing head Coach Jim Montgomery and apparently for the search committee, too.

Carle now appears to have been the front runner all along as Denver players and fans speculated about Montgomery’s replacement. What was a surprise, was the announcement filtering out heading into a busy Memorial Day weekend. However, the move is certain to buoy fans spirits who wanted a continuation of the current approach and playing style.

Carle, a 2012 graduate of the University of Denver  officially joined the Pioneers’ staff on Jan. 1, 2014, replacing departing long time associate head coach Steve Miller,

As a player, Carle was originally recruited to the University of Denver as a player, but was forced to retire from hockey in July of 2008 after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – which is best known as a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes and is a primary disease of the myocardium muscle of the heart.

Carle joined the Denver staff following a season as an assistant coach with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. During his time with the Gamblers, Carle helped guide Green Bay to an overall mark of 37-23-4 and a second-place finish in the USHL’s Eastern Conference with a total of 78 points. In addition, the Gamblers set a franchise record for 15 consecutive victories on their home ice during the 2012-13 campaign.

The Anchorage, Alaska, native was a standout defenseman as a prep at Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.) as he helped lead the Sabres to back-to-back national titles in 2007 and 2008.

The move makes Carle the youngest D1 hockey coach in the nation. While his age must have played a part in the ultimate decision, Denver got to see Carle develop and grow with Jim Montgomery and believe this move could be a great long-term call for the DU hockey program with what has now been coined ‘relentless Pioneer hockey’. And, as mentioned in an earlier LetsGoDU article, we believed that David Carle was an ideal candidate for the job.

Carle has a rich hockey tradition in his family as his brother Matt became Denver’s first Hobey Baker Award winner in 2006 and is a current member of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. His younger brother, Alex, 24, just completed his junior season at Merrimack.

DU Club Sports deserve #1DAY4DU support

As usual, we are encouraging everyone to participate in One Day for DU again this year. We believe your dollars would be wisely spent on DU athletics – they recently earned an  unprecedented 10th Director’s Cup and continue to be the highest performing Division on campus.

See their 2018 highlights below:

But there are also other athletes on campus representing Pioneer Nation with DU on their chest. And, they often give their blood, sweat, and tears on the roads, fields, and ice – and often out with cash out of their own pockets.

We need to help.

We want to point out a few DU Sports Clubs which have garnered local, regional and national success. With a successful DI Athletic Department, DU’s Club Sports often fly under the radar – and we hope you give to them as well. There are 34 sports clubs at DU and we are highlighting four of our favorites below.  Continue reading DU Club Sports deserve #1DAY4DU support

Phase 1 – First-Year Student Residence Hall and Student Commons Echo Collaboration

Rendering: Aerial view west along Evans Avenue, shows the new student commons (student union) replacing Driscoll North and the new first-year student residence halls to the far west.

Yesterday, we revealed details of the DU Career Achievement Center/Alumni center. Today, we are showing the first-year student residence hall and the Student Commons (student union).  Continue reading Phase 1 – First-Year Student Residence Hall and Student Commons Echo Collaboration

Phase 1 – Capital Plan revealed at the heart of DU

Photo: The University is making a bold architectural statement, breaking ground on a Alumni and Career Achievement Center, designed to open the center of the university to students, alumni and visitors.

About a year ago, LetsGoDU reported on a 140 million dollar capital project portfolio to transform the DU campus to align with the 2025 Strategic Plan for the University. Phase 1 has already started with the demolition of homes along high street for first-year student residence halls and community commons. Phase II, also discussed in a prior LetsGoDU article is a transformation of the entryway into the campus along between Buchtel Boulevard and Asbury, along University Boulevard. The Phase II redevelopment will include a hotel, retail, and graduate student housing and will not be initiated for several more years.

Now, LetsGoDU can reveal details about the design of the Phase 1 projects. Today, we will cover the University Career Achievement Center which will also act as the career center for students as well as an alumni hub for the University. Tomorrow, we will reveal details of the new Student Union and a new first-year student residence hall.

Continue reading Phase 1 – Capital Plan revealed at the heart of DU

Denver Women’s Lacrosse Goes Dancing

Photo courtesy of DU Twitter. DU’s 10-8 win against Colorado was one of the team’s signature wins for the season

Unseeded Denver women’s lacrosse (12-6, 7-4) was rewarded for an excellent season with several signature wins and a run to the Big EAST title game and loss to #6 seed Florida. The Pioneers will play unseeded High Point (17-2, 7-0) for the chance to play the tournaments #1 seed Maryland in the second round.

Continue reading Denver Women’s Lacrosse Goes Dancing

Big EAST Final Loss Sends Men’s Lacrosse Packing in NCAA First Round

Denver’s 8-3 Saturday loss to Georgetown cost the Pioneers a home playoff game in the First Round of the NCAA playoffs. Denver (12-3, 5-0) was nearly guaranteed a home first round game if they would have won the Big EAST Championship title game. Denver was on the RPI bubble but strength of schedule, both out-of-conference and in-conference,  further hurt their home field hopes. That, combined with DU’s league championship finals loss probably popped the home-field bubble in the minds of the selection committee.

Continue reading Big EAST Final Loss Sends Men’s Lacrosse Packing in NCAA First Round

It’s official: Jim Montgomery to the Dallas Stars

The inevitable happened this morning when former DU hockey head coach Jim Montgomery accepted the head coaching position for the Dallas Stars.

The hour long event was streamed on FoxSportsGo and opening comments below were posted on the Dallas Stars Twitter.

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DU Weathers Marquette Surge, Wins 10-7 in Big East Semifinals

Photo: Courtesy of Marquette Twitter

DU (12-2, 5-0) finally stopped the Marquette Golden Eagles (6-8, 3-2) after a furious forth quarter rally which narrowed a 4-goal Pioneer lead to just one goal. However, timely goals by DU pushed the advantage back to two goals and, eventually,  an open net tally by DU’s Austin French put the final nail in the coffin and sent the Golden Eagles to defeat.

Denver started out fast with a 4-1 first quarter advantage. Marquette clawed back DU’s advantage by one goal over the next 15 minutes and the first half ended 5-3 in Denver’s favor. Denver extended their lead in the third quarter to make it 7-3  capped by a Danny Logan coast-to-coast goal with 6 seconds left in the 3rd period. But Marquette closed the gap after several untimely DU penalties and man-up advantages against Denver.   Continue reading DU Weathers Marquette Surge, Wins 10-7 in Big East Semifinals

Reports: Jim Montgomery to the Dallas Stars

RDS in Canada is reporting that Jim Montgomery will be joining the Dallas stars as their next head coach. Several weeks ago we reported in a LetGoDU article, Chasing Monty,  the interest in Montgomery by both the New York Rangers and the Dallas Stars. Interest continued to heat up over the past week as numerous blogs reported a growing interest in Montgomery by both clubs. Apparently, the deal from the Dallas Stars came together over the last 24 hours and will be announced shortly.

Over the past five years, Montgomery guided the Pioneers to a 125–57–26, highlighted by a National Championship the 2016-2017 season.

Jim Montgomery will succeed Ken Hitchcock who announced his retirement once the season for the Stars was completed.

Once the deal is finalized and announced, LetsGoDU will provide further details.