Category Archives: Hockey

Denver and North Dakota: One and the Same

Photo Credit: Andy Cross, The Denver Post

There is no denying the extensive history between the University of Denver and the University of North Dakota hockey programs.

Since their first meeting when both programs joined the Midwest Collegiate Hockey League (MCHL) back in 1951, the incredibly talented teams have battled each year to create a unique conference rivalry. Continue reading Denver and North Dakota: One and the Same

Preparations Continue for Weekend Tilt

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Photos: A truck delivers chemicals for El Polmar Natatorium. Donation drums are placed on the south side of Ritchie Center.

Work resumed at a fever pitch, supporting the “Help a Hawk” initiative. The DU – University of North Dakota hockey series starts this Friday night in Denver, Colorado.

A truck (featured photo) delivered four tons of chlorine at the west entrance to treat the El Polmar Natatorium for visitors who elect the bathe at the Ritchie Center.

Spectators are encouraged to bring donated goods to the game and place them in the “Help a Hawk” green drums placed at the south, west, and north entrances.

Denver’s Jim Montgomery Walking the Walk

They say if you’re going to talk the talk, you had better walk the walk. Throughout the year, certainly one with its hills and valleys, the University of Denver head hockey coach Jim Montgomery has been doing his fair share of talking…at least to me.

But hey, don’t a lot of coaches talk too? Isn’t that what DI college coaches do? What makes “Monty” so special or different? Continue reading Denver’s Jim Montgomery Walking the Walk

Update: NCHC Rejects DU Proposal

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The NCHC rejected a proposal from the University of Denver to allow North Dakota wear their uniforms inside-out on Saturday night to save on laundry expenses for the cash-strapped university.

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Photo: If approved, Saturday night’s game may have looked something like this (above)

UND, facing $5.0 million dollars in budget cuts, is looking for creative ways to reduce spending. State budget cuts have been mandated in lieu of the reduced oil production and revenue flowing into state coffers.

DU Board Intervenes to Salvage Hockey Weekend


The DU Board of Trustees met Friday afternoon in a special session amid growing concerns over University of North Dakota’s $5 million dollar budget shortfall. According to the meeting minutes, exclusively obtained by LetsGoDU, the board was troubled by the influx of cash strapped North Dakotans traveling to Denver for next weekend’s Pioneers – Fighting Sioux Hawks hockey series at Magness Arena.

DU has developed a detailed emergency plan to accommodate both the Fighting Hawks’ team as well as their fans. The seven point plan includes the following: Continue reading DU Board Intervenes to Salvage Hockey Weekend

ND Budget Shortfall Puts Logo at Risk

The Grand Forks Herald posted an article on the State’s budget shortfall with the collapse of oil prices. One professor is calling for a halt to Fighting Hawk logo development, at a cost savings of $49,500. The University of North Dakota is being asked to take $5 million dollars out of their operating budget.

In the spirit of goodwill & sportsmanship, LetsGoDU proposes the following: Continue reading ND Budget Shortfall Puts Logo at Risk

DU Hockey Mailbag: Another Bye Week

Photo Credit: The University of Denver

Well we’ve made it to week 3 of our weekly DU Hockey mailbags and I’m getting some really good questions from dedicated college hockey fans. Continue reading DU Hockey Mailbag: Another Bye Week

Minnesota Meltdown

Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn, City Pages

The U is feeling the heat. While generations of Minnesota kids could only dream of wearing the iconic maroon and gold “M” jersey, on the ice the Gophers are just another Minnesota college hockey program.

Sure they are tied with Michigan (8-2) in the weak, six-team Big 10 and are above .500 for the season with a 13-12-0 record. But other issues are boiling under the surface. Continue reading Minnesota Meltdown

Denver Earns Important, Hard-Fought Split at Miami

Photo Credit: University of Denver Athletics

With a 5-3 win on Saturday night at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford, Ohio, the Denver Pioneers secured an important weekend split with the Miami University RedHawks (10-12-3, 5-9-2 NCHC) to improve their record to 13-8-5 (9-5-2 NCHC) on the season. Continue reading Denver Earns Important, Hard-Fought Split at Miami