Category Archives: Hockey

Denver Athletics Update

  • DU’s men’s soccer team is a surprising 0-3-1 after the first four games of a brutal six-game road stretch.  LetsGoDU will be covering Denver soccer live in Palo Alto and Berkeley, California as Denver finishes up their long road trip against Stanford and Cal this weekend before returning home. Goal scoring has been this team’s Achilles heal. They could use the graduated Andre Shinyashiki, just named MLS Player of the Week. DU is the Summit league coaches pre-season favorite to win the conference with second place Omaha (0-3-1) currently holding the same record as the Pioneers.

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Pioneer Athletics officially off the air

Looking forward to watching DU soccer, volleyball, hockey on TV this fall? Well, unfortunately, DU athletics are now off the air along with the rest of Altitude TV’s programming in its 10 state region if you have Comcast/Xfinity, DISHTV or Direct TV. And, Altitude TV claims that streaming content is not a feasible, economic option to do an ‘end run’ around the Big Three.

Altitude is also the home network for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, NBA’s Denver Nuggets, MLS’ Colorado Rapids and NLL’s Colorado Mammoth. Should it last that long, the dispute ratchets up on October 3rd when the Colorado Avalanche are scheduled to return to Altitude’s lineup with their regular season opener and October 5th when DU hockey hits the ice.

Altitude’s coverage-area includes Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming. DirectTV and Dish Network also provide nationwide coverage for Pioneer Nation so this will impact all Pioneer fans. Continue reading Pioneer Athletics officially off the air

Mike Christie memorial service set for August 29th at Meridian Golf Club

Mike Christie

In July of 2019, Mike Christie, a former Pioneer and NHL hockey player passed away at age 69 following a long battle with chronic kidney disease. Christie played three seasons with the Pioneers from 1969-1972, where he helped lead the Crimson & Gold to back-to-back Frozen Four appearances and WCHA championships as an all-American player. He then went play 412 NHL games in a pro career that extended to 1981.  He later helped to promote youth hockey in Colorado in his post hockey career in the golf equipment business.

Christie was always a proud Pioneer, and we’re expecting a good crowd of former Pioneers from multiple hockey eras to attend the celebration of Christie’s life, to be held on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Meridian Golf Club (9742 South Meridian Blvd in Englewood) with a program beginning at 6 p.m. Appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. In lieu of flowers, the family requests considering making a donation to the National Kidney Foundation in Christie’s memory.

LetsGoDU Thanks Ron Grahame for his Service to Pioneer Nation over 50 Years

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Athletics

DU Athletic Director Ron Grahame will retire from DU this week, 50 years to the day when he first arrived on the DU campus in 1969 as a DU freshman. As a standout DU athlete, coach and longtime administrator, many DU Pioneer fans and athletes have never known DU athletics without Ron Grahame on campus, and we are all the better for his years of selfless and effective service to the Crimson and the Gold.

Ron Grahame was born in 1950 in Victoria, British Columbia. And no surprise, Grahame likely picked up his reserved, gracious and amiable nature in Victoria, voted as the Friendliest City in the World. In contrast, Grahame also took up the rough-and-tumble game of hockey, playing goalie with the local junior team, the Victoria Cougars, where he was soon recruited by legendary DU coach Murray Armstrong. Continue reading LetsGoDU Thanks Ron Grahame for his Service to Pioneer Nation over 50 Years

Four Burning Questions for Denver Fall Athletics

Volleyball 100Can head coach Tom Hogan’s volleyball squad defend their 5-year regular-season conference winning streak and five consecutive NCAA appearances following the graduation of stars Becca Latham and Emma Willis along with season-ending injuries to outside hitter Taylor Joachim and to their best player, outside hitter Katarina Marinkovic? The addition of Louisville transfer outside hitter Amanda Green will help but…will a raw Pioneer team mature by league play? This will be DU’s most challenging season in recent memory. A repeat performance would be Hogan’s best coaching job ever at the University of Denver.

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DU’s Hockey Uniforms Grow in Appeal Over Time

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We wrote about North Dakota’s hockey uniform changes earlier this week. But what about DU’s hockey uniform evolution?

In large measure, much of DU’s hockey uniform concept dates from the early years of the DU hockey program in the early 1950s, when the Pioneers introduced home and away jerseys in both crimson and white with crimson pants, with the school/city name “Denver” placed in arching letters across the chest. Those jerseys also had a large red, white and gold elbow striping on the sleeve and shins with a later matching stripe around the bottom of the jersey, which was added in the 1960s. Those cornerstone design elements, with some periodic typestyle and color evolutions, are still on the jerseys today and are crucial parts of the DNA of Denver’s hockey look and tradition. Continue reading DU’s Hockey Uniforms Grow in Appeal Over Time

North Dakota Fighting Hawks launch new hockey uniforms

For the second time in three years, the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks have introduced new hockey new uniforms. The new Adidas sweaters are ‘stripier’ than prior uniforms with repeating green, black and white stripes.

The home uniform plays down the Fighting Hawk logo and features North Dakota. The away uniform offers up a design twist with a revision to the current logo and more bold stripes. The alternate jersey has angled stripes and the University is piloting a revised Fighting Hawk logo.

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Optional ‘Yankee pinstripe pants’ were introduced with alternating green and white stripes.

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The Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark interviews Denver head coach David Carle, the highlights:

Photo: Courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald

The Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark published an in-depth Q&A with DU’s hockey head coach David Carle to discuss the past season and upcoming expectations. Coming off a 24-12-5 record and a trip to the Frozen Four, Carle discussed the ‘sting’ of not winning a national championship. And, of course, he emphasized the need to continue to grow and improve while competing in the toughest college hockey conference in the nation. Continue reading The Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark interviews Denver head coach David Carle, the highlights:

Former Pioneer All-American Chris Butler retires as Stanley Cup champ

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Chris Butler skates with the Stanley Cup as a member of the 2019 Champion St. Louis Blues/Photo: Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports

Chris Butler picked a glorious way to end his 11-year professional hockey career, going out as a Stanley Cup winner.

Wearing the uniform of his hometown team, the St. Louis Blues, the 32-year-old former Pioneer defenseman took his final skate on NHL ice on June 12th, holding aloft the Stanley Cup Trophy that he’d helped his Blues to win, appearing in 13 NHL games last season. Over his career, Butler had appeared in 407 NHL games with St. Louis, Calgary and Buffalo, with the rest of his career spent mostly in the AHL, as well as a short stint in Sweden in 2012-13. Over his NHL career, he’d scored 14 goals and picked-up 72 assists for 86 points. Continue reading Former Pioneer All-American Chris Butler retires as Stanley Cup champ

NHL Moving Day for Five Former Pioneer Hockey Players

Beau Bennett (Photo: St Louis Blues)

July 1  was moving day for several former DU Pioneer Hockey players, most of whom signed new contracts as the NHL free agent signing window opened on July 1.

-Former DU forward Beau Bennett, who played only 5 games last year in the KHL with Dynamo Minsk in Belarus, signed a one-year NHL contract with the Arizona Coyotes. He last played in the NHL with St. Louis.

-Former DU forward Nick Shore, who played last year in the KHL in Russia with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, signed a one-year NHL contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He last played in the NHL with Ottawa before signing in Russia last October.

-Former DU defenseman Dakota Mermis, who played most of last year as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL), signed a one-year NHL deal with the New Jersey Devils. He played one game in the NHL last season with Arizona.

-Former DU defenseman Josiah Didier, who helped lead the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL to a Calder Cup Championship last year, signed a one year AHL contract with the Providence (R.I) Bruins.

-Additionally, former DU defenseman Blake Hillman, who played all year in Rockford (AHL), became an unrestricted free agent when the Chicago Blackhawks opted not to re-sign him. Hillman has since since signed with the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) on July 26th.