LetsGoDU has released its 18th annual hockey Super-Poll™ for the 2022-23 season. A host of statistics are fed into the supercomputer at Goddard Computing Center in Houston. The program runs ten thousand Monte Carlo simulations and places the Pioneers in their rightful place and Colorado College in the cellar. The results are then tabulated by Deloitte, hermetically sealed, and sent to Denver via Brinks truck to reveal the results. For the eighteenth consecutive season, DU claims the top spot.
While most of the nation’s sports fans were focused on the start of the NFL season, Denver hockey fans were riveted by New York Fashion Week. The most “fall” thing about the NYFW runways is the sheer dominance of crimson and gold. Sure, there are shearling and suede nods to chilly weather elegance, but it’s the playful embellishments — the bows, the crystals, the jersey collar laces — and the vibrant colors that were the fab takeaways from New York this season. It was the splash from the Denver commemorative hockey jersey that stole the show, featuring their ninth national championship collection on the New York City runway. Continue reading Commemorative DU Hockey Jerseys Take New York Fashion Week by Storm→
Don’t hide your fandom in a closet. With only fifty days to go until the games that count, order your commemorative jersey now for the start of the 2022-23 season. And you don’t have to be a billionaire either – only $82.00 for a genuine, one-of-a-kind hockey jersey. Manufacturing and shipping will take 4-5 weeks so order now.
In what was all but a foregone conclusion at this point, the University of Denver finally announced that they have extended the contract of 2022 National Champion head coach David Carle through the 2026-27 season. Carle, 32, took over for 2017 National champion Jim Montgomery after the 2017-18 season when ‘Monty’ signed on with the Dallas Stars for the same role. Continue reading Denver Extends David Carle Through 2026-27→
The Denver Pioneer hockey family lost an inspirational former team captain, David Tomassoni (Denver, ’75) who passed away from Aymotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on August 11th in his native Minnesota. He was 69 years old.
Tomassoni helped bring DU to two Frozen Fours in the 1970s and served as DU’s captain under coach Murray Armstrong in his senior season in 1974-75, before going on to a 16-year pro hockey career, mostly played in Italy. After his hockey career ended, he served for 30 years in the Minnesota State Legislature, retiring earlier this year following his 2021 ALS diagnosis. Continue reading Pioneer Captain Dave Tomassoni (’75) Passes Away at 69→
A Denver area Squirt youth hockey player, Bert Grossmeier, was stripped of his scoring record due to an equipment violation. Grossmeier skated for the Evergreen Warriors. Bert scored a record-breaking 12 goals in the 2nd period against the Loveland Ice Caps on May 22nd, erasing the national mark of 10 goals by a squirt player in a single period. However, Grossmeier took to the ice wearing a Denver Commemorative Championship Boone Jersey during his epic scoring spree, refusing to don his team’s kit. As a result, the Squirt scoring record was stripped by the USA Hockey governing board. Continue reading Local Boy Stripped of Scoring Title→
It took an outside investigation and eventual leak to The Athletic and other media outlets to finally throttle an attempt by the current University of Michigan athletics director, Warde Manual, to renew the contract of embattled hockey head coach Mel Pearson. Pearson was fired when the details of the Michigan internal investigation went public.
Eric Burton, a North Dakota hockey blogger and friendly rival of this blog, issued a newsletter with an article entitled, Let’s Leave the NCHC the Way it Is. The piece cites new NCHC commissioner, Heather Weems, considering the possibility of the NCHC falling under or partnering in some way with the Summit League, home to non-hockey sports for NCHC members Denver, North Dakota, and Nebraska-Omaha. Weems did not deny the possibility of an alignment or merging of the two organizations. Burton cited the following from Commissioner Weems: Continue reading Agreed – Leave the NCHC the Way it is→
You may have recently read that Lindenwood and Southern Indiana are joining the Summit League as affiliate members for soccer and swimmming/diving. While this move does provide a buffer of eight soccer teams to the conference, it does nothing to improve Denver’s strength of schedule. Continue reading Conference Musical Chairs Continue→