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Longtime University of Denver fan and alumnus.

North Carolina Ends Denver Women’s Soccer Season, 2-0 in NCAA Second Round

Perhaps it was appropriate that DU wore black uniforms to end its 2021 season on a funereal note, as the Pioneers learned first hand that there is a reason that the University of North Carolina Tar Heels have won more than half of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championships ever awarded (21 of the 38!).

That reason is talent. Continue reading North Carolina Ends Denver Women’s Soccer Season, 2-0 in NCAA Second Round

Can Denver Hockey Get Bigger this Summer?

It’s no secret that Denver looks for smart and talented hockey players that fit head coach David Carle’s style of high speed, high-skill transition hockey.  For many years now (pre-dating Carle’s tenure), DU has often featured small, fast, and shifty offensive players who can move and control the puck on the rush, through the neutral zone, and down low below the face-off dots. These speedsters are usually backed by a very mobile puck-moving defensive corps who can jump into the offensive zone and contribute on the scoresheet. It’s a system that typically works well for the Pioneers, as that speed and skill can create both open spaces and skill mismatches that can often compensate for a lack of size. 

Smaller players also tend to stay longer in college, and are often undrafted by the NHL, allowing a program such as DU to skate a more experienced lineup vs. teams who consistently lose talent early to pro contracts. Continue reading Can Denver Hockey Get Bigger this Summer?

Puck Swami’s Rapid Reaction: Jeff Wulbrun Hire Exceeds Expectations

Newly-hired Denver men’s basketball coach Jeff Wulbrun wasn’t shy in his first Zoom press conference.  He set a serious bar for himself and for his program:

“We want to be the most improved team in the country next year.”

Wow! I’ll be honest –  I didn’t expect this.

Perhaps, neither did you. Continue reading Puck Swami’s Rapid Reaction: Jeff Wulbrun Hire Exceeds Expectations

Denver Melts Down, Gags-Up a 5-4 OT Loss to Omaha

Denver’s Justin Lee had two goals in DU’s 5-4 loss to Omaha. Photo: Brittany Evans

It was a game that has encapsulated Denver’s entire season to this point – a lot of solid Denver hockey played, but ending in a embarrassing result, as the Denver Pioneers played well for the first 45 minutes but gagged-up a two-goal, third-period lead and fell to the Omaha Mavericks, 5-4 in overtime in a gut-wrenching loss that may have major implications for the Pioneers’ now-slim home ice playoff hopes. Continue reading Denver Melts Down, Gags-Up a 5-4 OT Loss to Omaha

SCSU Defeats Pioneers, 3-1 with Special Teams Edge

Veeti Miettanen’s game-winning power-play goal with 9:38 remaining in the game lifted the Saint Cloud (Minn.) State Huskies (6-3) to a 3-1 thriller over the Denver Pioneers (3-6-1) at Omaha’s Baxter arena on Sunday afternoon, Dec 20.  Miettanen beat DU goalie Magnus Chrona with a clean wrist shot from 20 feet-out for the game-winner, and the Huskies added an empty netter by SCSU’s Zach Okabe in the final minute for the 3-1 final score. Continue reading SCSU Defeats Pioneers, 3-1 with Special Teams Edge

Which North Dakota Commercial is Most Annoying?

After watching a few weeks of DU games in the NCHC “pod,” we’ve been subjected to hundreds of repetitive, small-city Grand Forks, North Dakota-based TV commercials.  The reason for this is that Dakota-based Midco Sports Network is producing the NCHC.tv-wide production, fueled by money from North Dakota advertisers, where UND hockey is the state’s largest athletic attraction.  To our more citified eyes and ears, there are seven of them that, in heavy rotation, have become proverbial nails on a chalkboard to our urban sensibilities… Continue reading Which North Dakota Commercial is Most Annoying?

Former DU Chancellor Ross Pritchard dies at age 95, led DU from 1978-1984

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Ross Pritchard (left) was Chancellor of DU from 1978 to 1984. He is seen here at DU Founder’s Day in 1981, with Walter Koch (Center) and Roger Knight (Right). Photo: Special Collectons, University of Denver

Former University of Denver Chancellor Ross Pritchard has died at age 95, according to an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was DU’s Chancellor from 1978-1984, a term that started well, but ended in disgrace. Continue reading Former DU Chancellor Ross Pritchard dies at age 95, led DU from 1978-1984