Category Archives: Hockey

Panthers, spiders, and snakes – oh my!

Jim Montgomery met with the Florida Panthers on Monday. While the meeting was held privately, here is our take on the interview between Dale Tallon (DT), GM Florida Panthers and DU head coach Jim Montgomery (JM).

9:10 am – Undisclosed Hotel – Sunrise, Florida

DT: Big Jim – Welcome to the land of gators and fire ants.

JM: Yeah nice…the kids are enjoying it here. They had never seen Kudzu.

DT: It’s a great place, Jim. The homes are nice – just make sure you get one built to withstand tropical storms and hurricanes. Mold can be bad, too. Kids have asthma? Continue reading Panthers, spiders, and snakes – oh my!

AHCA meetings to address critical issues of the day

Photo: North Dakota hockey staff prepare for coaches meetings in Naples, Florida 

As many of you may know, the American Hockey Coaches Association is meeting, starting today in Naples, Florida. LetsGoDU has received exclusive access to the meeting agenda. Below is a copy of the agenda and our recommended solutions for the top four issues facing college hockey today:

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Denver Hockey releases 2017-18 regular season schedule

Photo courtesy DU Athletics

In case you missed it, the University of Denver hockey program officially announced its full regular season schedule for their 2017-18 campaign. The defending national champions will be hoping for a repeat performance next season to tie Michigan for the most all-time national titles with nine. Continue reading Denver Hockey releases 2017-18 regular season schedule

NCHC must look west for growth

As an old musher used to say, “The lead dog has the best view”.

In this writer’s view, the NCHC is currently sitting pretty. However, now is not the time to sit and enjoy the sights. The NCHC should begin to work to create a short and long-term strategic plan to grow the NCHC into a truly national conference. The plan would protect the league’s short-term stability and provide long-term growth while ensuring its premier status.  Continue reading NCHC must look west for growth

The University of Denver’s ties to the Miracle on Ice run deep

Photo: The 1959 Soviet Union team that came to Colorado Springs to play Colorado College and DU

Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from author Dick Hiker who wrote this for LetsGoDU to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the biggest game in DU hockey history. It may be the best article on DU hockey ever published. Thanks to Damien Goddard for capturing this gem and Dick Hiker for providing the game account.

****DU graduate Craig Patrick, BA Business Administration ’69 a member of the National Hockey League Hall of Fame will be a guest speaker at the DU Alumni Weekend May 20th who will talk about hockey at DU, playing the Soviet Union and his business career if you want to learn more.****

Article by Dick Hiker

Fifty years ago—on Saturday Jan. 10. 1959—a dramatic international hockey game was played in Colorado and the result catapulted both the American collegiate game and the University of Denver’s program to a new level.

On the ice at the old Broadmoor Arena in Colorado Springs, the Pioneers pulled off perhaps their most stunning “upset” in history, fiercely battling to a 4-4 tie with the powerful Soviet Union National team. Continue reading The University of Denver’s ties to the Miracle on Ice run deep

Wash down those Jim Montgomery rumors with this grain of salt

Photo courtesy of 9News

The noise is getting louder and unease is growing across Denver and all of Pionation. And the answer is not coming for at least another 7-10 days.

What is going to happen with Monty – and the players, too? We’ve hardly had time to wear our championship hats and shirts – and now, this.

Continue reading Wash down those Jim Montgomery rumors with this grain of salt

Rare Unassisted Double-Double Caps Week

Photo: DU added more All-Americans this week following last week’s NCAA hockey national championship. DU athletics keeps turning the numbers at the Magness entry like an odometer.  

What an incredible week it has been for Denver sports.

The DU women’s gymnastics team finished 9th at the NCAA’s and garnered two All-Americans – star freshman Maddie Karr was named first team all-around and second team for vault and bars. Senior Julia Ross was named second team for the bars. To top it off,  senior Leah Lomonte was named the 2017 Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The future looks great with most of the team returning next season. Continue reading Rare Unassisted Double-Double Caps Week

LetsGoDU editor predicted DU’s 2017 title run

Just go back in time to Nick Tremaroli’s 2016-17 UNIVERSITY OF DENVER HOCKEY SEASON PREVIEW to read the LetsGoDU editor’s prediction. Denver entered the season without two-thirds of their storied Pacific Rim Line (Trevor Moore and Danton Heinen), along with the graduation of team leader and captain Grant Arnold. DU did have a local kid, Troy Terry, who looked pretty good the second half of the prior season. Also, DU would also have to rely on a skilled but unproven freshman from Finland, Henrik Borgström, to provide scoring punch.

Honestly, things looked a bit iffy to many prognosticators. Continue reading LetsGoDU editor predicted DU’s 2017 title run