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The Denver Proscess: Reload, Reconstruct and Reproduce Excellence

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It’s no secret that the University of Denver Pioneers hockey program underwent some substantial changes during the offseason. Everything from the internals of the team makeup and positions within the coaching staff, to the literal gutting of the locker room to give way to luxurious renovations.

The Pioneers didn’t just lose five influential players who each embodied the very essence of the Denver hockey culture, but the program also lost the man who reinstated Denver’s tradition of excellence. The departures of former head coach Jim Montgomery and household names in Henrik Borgström, Dylan Gambrell, Blake Hillman, Logan O’Connor, and Troy Terry are perceivably devastating.

But like the locker room, the program trusts that throughout the messy construction and inevitable setbacks, there is an accomplished and methodically assembled product that will emerge. Continue reading The Denver Proscess: Reload, Reconstruct and Reproduce Excellence

David Carle officially introduced as Denver’s ninth head coach

David Carle is officially the ninth head coach of the University of Denver Pioneers hockey program.

“The University of Denver is really special to me,” Carle said. “Ten years ago I was given the opportunity to come here and study and learn by the university honoring my scholarship. I am forever grateful for former Vice Chancellor Peg Bradley-Doppes, Ron Grahame and George Gwozdecky for coming to that decision. Today, this institution has afforded me another wonderful opportunity to be its next head hockey coach. I will again, do everything I can in my privilege and my power to make the university proud. I feel extremely honored and privilege to take on this challenge.” Continue reading David Carle officially introduced as Denver’s ninth head coach

Denver Men’s Lacrosse 2018 season in review

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Just like that, another season of lacrosse has come and gone. The Yale Bulldogs ended the Ivy League drought by claiming the 2018 national title and their first of the NCAA era by defeating Duke 13-11 on Monday, May 28. The last Ivy team prior to Yale to have hoisted the championship trophy come Memorial Day was Princeton in 2001 under Bill Tierney, who is now at the helm of the University of Denver Pioneers. Continue reading Denver Men’s Lacrosse 2018 season in review

Great Danes win Quarterfinal dogfight to end Denver’s season

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There was no stopping the high-powered No. 2-seeded University of Albany Great Danes from advancing to their first ever Championship Weekend with a 15-13 Quarterfinal win over the University of Denver Pioneers. The energy, the hard-hits and the passion from the Great Danes was unbeatable. The game came down to dogfight across the entirety of the field and it was evident, the Great Danes wanted it more. The efforts from Denver to stay in the game were too little, too late.  Continue reading Great Danes win Quarterfinal dogfight to end Denver’s season

A Western Rivalry Rekindled: Denver & Notre Dame to write next postseason chapter

There’s history, there’s proximity, and there’s emotion. It’s more than fitting that the University of Denver Pioneers and No. 7-seeded University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish would cross paths in First Round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament to only deepen the storied, westernmost rivalry. Continue reading A Western Rivalry Rekindled: Denver & Notre Dame to write next postseason chapter

Senior season cut short, Sean Mayle’s leadership prevails from the sideline

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Captains are selected based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to; experience, commitment, consideration and character. A captain isn’t necessarily the most talented or highest producer among the team, but rather, is a player who embodies the core values of the program and leads by example. For the University of Denver Pioneers, the 2018 captains are; second-year leader Trevor Baptiste, accompanied by classmates Connor Donahue and Sean Mayle. Continue reading Senior season cut short, Sean Mayle’s leadership prevails from the sideline

First of three pillars completed – senior class exits conference season undefeated

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Three steps. The University of Denver Pioneers follows a strategy of attempting to complete three separate postseason accomplishments which incrementally gain more importance and unite towards the ultimate prize, the national championship.  Continue reading First of three pillars completed – senior class exits conference season undefeated