Category Archives: Hockey

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

Denver Hockey to Co-Host 2022 Ice Breaker Tournament with Air Force

The annual college hockey season-opening Ice Break Tournament is officially returning to Denver for the first time since 2016 and, for the first time ever, there will be two hosts: Denver and Air Force. It will be the third time the tournament happens in Denver (1999 & 2016) and the fourth time in Colorado (2005 in Colorado Springs). Continue reading Denver Hockey to Co-Host 2022 Ice Breaker Tournament with Air Force

Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap: Pioneers’ Red Hot Offense Burns Sun Devils in First Road Sweep

The #12 Denver Pioneers (10-4-0, 4-2-0, 12 pts) had not won a road game outside of the state of Colorado in their four tries coming into this weekend. Along the way, they had scored a dismal combined eight goals in those four games, including just one goal in each of the final three games. That script completely flipped this weekend, though, as the Pioneers hung 13 goals on a struggling Arizona State Sun Devils (7-9-0) hockey team at Oceanside Arena (still trying to figure out where, exactly, the ocean is in Tempe). Brett Stapley recorded a hat trick on Friday, Magnus Chrona stopped 65 of ASU’s 68 shots (.955 SV%), and six different Pioneers scored on Saturday night. It was the kind of domination on the road that the Pios sorely needed and, while they were at it, they improved their already NCAA-best goals-per-game average from 4.42 to 4.71. Continue reading Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap: Pioneers’ Red Hot Offense Burns Sun Devils in First Road Sweep

Pioneers Stay Hot to Sweep Season Series with Sun Devils with 7-1 Victory

The #12 Denver Pioneers (10-4-0, 4-2-0, 12 pts) have the nation’s best offense, in case you didn’t read last night’s recap of the 6-2 win. Tonight, in their fourth game against the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-9-0), the Pios once again increased their goals per game average – 4.42 coming into the weekend – to 4.71 (crazy commenters, check my math). Brett Stapley added two more points to a weekend where he already recorded a hat trick, Sean Behrens scored his first career goal, and the Pios’ power play scored four (yes, four!) goals, including two from freshman Massimo Rizzo, in six tries. For the second night in a row, DU used the third period to step on ASU’s throats and put the game out of reach. Denver outscored Arizona State 13-3 this weekend and won all four games against the Sun Devils by a combined 25-9 score (again, check my math).

We will have a full weekend recap tomorrow morning with a more in-depth analysis of both games.


Photo of Cole Guttman courtesy of Denver Athletics

Pioneers’ NCAA-best Offense Stays Hot as Denver Obliterates Arizona State, 6-2

The #12 Denver Pioneers (9-4-0, 4-2-0, 12 pts) came into the night with the country’s best offense, averaging 4.42 goals per game. Thanks to a 6-2 domination at Arizona State (7-8-0) for the Pios’ first out of state victory of the season, that average is going to go up. Brett Stapley netted a hat trick, Jack Devine scored his first career NCAA goal amidst DU’s third-period four-goal onslaught, and the Pios survived a second period with 36 combined penalty minutes as they won their third straight against ASU. They’ve now scored 18 goals in their three games against the Sun Devils.

We will have a full recap of this game in our Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap on Sunday morning.


Photo of Brett Stapley: Cal Sport Media/Alamy Stock Photo

NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton to Step Down, Take on Same Job with Summit League

In a Friday morning shock to the system, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced that commissioner Josh Fenton will step down from his current role with the conference at the end of the 2021-2022 season to become the commissioner of the Summit League, the University of Denver’s main conference affiliation. Fenton oversaw the creation of the NCHC ahead of the 2013-2014 college hockey season and has been at the helm ever since, watching it win four straight national titles from 2016 to 2019, including Denver’s 2017 title. Continue reading NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton to Step Down, Take on Same Job with Summit League