Category Archives: Hockey

Colorado Venues Selected as NCAA Tournament Hosts, Denver named Hockey & Gymnastics Host Institution

Last week, the NCAA announced more than 450 selections of host sites for preliminary rounds and final sites of championships in Divisions I, II, and III, with most to be held from 2022-23 through 2025-26.  The University of Denver is set to host two Hockey Regional playoffs in 2022 and 2026 in Loveland (in addition to hosting the West Regional in 2021, depending on the Covid-19 situation) and a Gymnastics Regional in 2023 at DU’s Magness Arena. Continue reading Colorado Venues Selected as NCAA Tournament Hosts, Denver named Hockey & Gymnastics Host Institution

NCHC Announces December 1st Omaha Bubble Return, 4-Team Divisions for 2020-2021

Praise be! College hockey is coming! Mark your calendars for December 1, 2020, because folks, NCHC Hockey has officially set a start date for the 2020-2021 season. As discussed earlier this week, it was known that the NCHC would start the upcoming season in a bubble, or “pod” as the conference is calling it, either in Grand Forks, North Dakota or in Omaha, Nebraska. We now know, as of this morning, that the season-opening, three-week bubble will officially take place in Omaha and each team will play 10 games during the event for a total of 40 games. Continue reading NCHC Announces December 1st Omaha Bubble Return, 4-Team Divisions for 2020-2021

NCHC to Start 2020-2021 Season in Grand Forks or Omaha Bubble

In a decision that had been discussed for months, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) will officially be opening the 2020-2021 season in a ‘bubble,’ similar to the ones that the NHL employed for its postseason in Toronto and Edmonton, according to Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald. Grand Forks, North Dakota and Omaha, Nebraska, homes of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, respectively, have emerged as frontrunners to host the weeks-long event. The bubble/hub would take place between Thanksgiving and Christmas while campuses are already closed and school is out. Continue reading NCHC to Start 2020-2021 Season in Grand Forks or Omaha Bubble

Denver Goaltender Devin Cooley Signs with Nashville Predators

This morning, the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed now-former Denver goaltender Devin Cooley to a two-year, entry-level contract. The undrafted 23-year-old goaltender spent three seasons with the Pioneers and was poised to share starting netminder duties with rising sophomore teammate Magnus Chrona for a second straight year. Continue reading Denver Goaltender Devin Cooley Signs with Nashville Predators

NCAA Basketball Set to Start November 25th, Opens Door for Hockey on November 20th

The NCAA Division I Council met today (Wednesday) and approved a college basketball start date of November 25th. Earlier in the morning, the Big 10 announced a fall return to the gridiron October 24th with an 8-game schedule, leaving only the Pac-12 absent from football until a self-imposed deadline of January 1st set, in part, due to the restrictions in place in California and Oregon.

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Hockey Commissioners Association Postpones NCAA Season, NCHC Aims to Start Nov. 20

To the shock of absolutely nobody, the NCAA Hockey season is officially postponed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement released by the Hockey Commissioners’ Association,  made up of the commissioners of every hockey conference, both men’s and women’s, each of the 11 conferences had been working closely together to come to a decision on how to move forward with the 2020-2021 season. As a result of the collaboration, each conference will make its own decisions on how to start competition this Fall or Winter, further indicating that there will likely be no non-conference play. Denver’s conference, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), announced in a follow-up statement, that it is currently planning to start play on or after November 20. Continue reading Hockey Commissioners Association Postpones NCAA Season, NCHC Aims to Start Nov. 20

St. Thomas Skates into the CCHA and onto DU’s Radar

When Arizona State University joined the ranks of Division I hockey several years ago, the Pioneers gained a new western rival. The recent addition of St. Thomas, which is making the jump from Division III to Division I in all sports, to the CCHA creates yet another potential common hockey opponent for DU in the Summit League, joining North Dakota and Omaha, fellow NCHC rivals. Continue reading St. Thomas Skates into the CCHA and onto DU’s Radar