Category Archives: History & Tradition

Former Denver Great Peter McNab Inducted Into the US Hockey Hall of Fame

Younger hockey fans know Peter McNab as the voice behind the microphone for the Colorado Avalanche, beginning the inaugural season of the Avs in 1995 or the face of Avs hockey on Altitude TV. Grizzled hockey fan vets, though, will remember McNab in Crimson and Gold for three seasons 1970-73 (78G, 92A in 105 games) and his 14-year NHL career with four different franchises, Buffalo, Boston, Vancouver, and New Jersey. Thursday evening, McNab was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, the DU star and local hockey icon could not make the induction ceremony at the Marriott Denver Tech Center due to his cancer diagnosis and treatment. His brother David accepted the award on his behalf. Continue reading Former Denver Great Peter McNab Inducted Into the US Hockey Hall of Fame

DU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions Slated for October 15th

Registration is still open for this year’s Denver Athletics Hall of Fame awards dinner to be held Friday, October 15th, 6-9 pm MT ahead of the Hall of Fame hockey game against Air Force on Saturday at Magness Arena. Originally scheduled for last year, but postponed due to COVID-19, this year’s induction class is one of the most impressive groups of athletic alumni ever assembled at DU. Continue reading DU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions Slated for October 15th

Chancellor Haefner Requests “Community’s Patience” as Pioneer Nickname Remains In Doubt

While University of Denver Jeremy Chancellor Haefner has yet to commit to keeping the Pioneer name, he has asked for “the [DU] community’s patience” to prepare his response to a small group of protesters who are demanding that DU get rid of the Pioneer nickname by February of 2021. Continue reading Chancellor Haefner Requests “Community’s Patience” as Pioneer Nickname Remains In Doubt

Pucks, Pans, and Passion: A Trip into the Heart of Darkness with Hockey Student Section Leaders

Editor’s Note: This article was originally slated to run ahead of the hockey team’s NCHC quarterfinal series with Omaha, which was later canceled along with the rest of the 2019-2020 NCAA season.

If you happen to find yourself in need of a toothbrush, Ilona Kovacs might be able to help you out.

That’s because a student once bribed her with one, in exchange for being able to sit in the first row of the student section. Sitting there allows one to be next to DU Whiteboard, the large dry erase board Kovacs and fellow sophomore Jack Fowle write taunting messages on for the other team. Continue reading Pucks, Pans, and Passion: A Trip into the Heart of Darkness with Hockey Student Section Leaders

Pioneer Flashback: When DU Basketball Was a Regular at Madison Square Garden (Part II)

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Madison Square Garden Marquee in 1961. Photo: New York Times

Our own Puck Swami takes a look back through DU’s rich sports history to the eight times DU men’s basketball played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in this two-part flashback series. In the first part (here), he covered the first four DU appearances between 1947 and 1959, while in this second part (below) he covers the second four MSG appearances, which occurred between 1959 and 1966.

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Pioneer Flashback: When DU Basketball Was a Regular at Madison Square Garden (Part I)

Photo: The old Madison Square Garden (1925-1968) in New York City, seen here in 1932 taking up most of a city block, hosted the DU Pioneers Basketball team eight times between 1947 and 1966.

Our own Puck Swami takes a look back through DU’s rich sports history to the eight times DU men’s basketball played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden between 1947 and 1966 in this first of a two-part flashback series, which covers DU’s first four appearances in New York City.

While DU basketball is known today mostly on the basketball courts of Denver, and around the Summit League, there was once a time when the DU Pioneers were a New York City attraction, playing eight times at the legendary old Madison Square Garden in New York City in the 19-year span between 1947 and 1966.  Continue reading Pioneer Flashback: When DU Basketball Was a Regular at Madison Square Garden (Part I)

70 Years of DU Hockey History Part IV: The Current Era – 2013-2019

Our own Puck Swami has authored a four-part historical retrospective for the 70th anniversary of the DU Hockey program. This is Part IV. Part One can be found here, Part II can be found here and Part III can be found here. While these stories run far longer than our usual stories, remember that 70 years is a lot to cover. Enjoy!

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DU Captain, all-American and Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher (at left with NCAA Trophy) led the 2017 Pioneers to the program’s eighth NCAA Championship. Photo: Robin Alam

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