DU-UND 1994: The Last of the Great College Hockey Brawls

BY ANDY CLAYTON

“Win or lose, at least we don’t live in Grand Forks.”

That sign – held up by a Denver fan at the 2005 Frozen Four in Columbus, Ohio – perfectly sums up the DU-North Dakota rivalry for me.

The two storied programs may respect each other, but when they battle on the ice it’s college hockey at its very best. Passions run high. The games are intense. It’s great theater. But in the end, Denver always has the edge … “at least we don’t live in Grand Forks.” Continue reading DU-UND 1994: The Last of the Great College Hockey Brawls

Puck Swami: Where are the Pio Fans?

The University of Denver hockey team has lost only once in its last ten games, charging into third place in the NCHC and back into the NCAA tournament picture. In short, we all watch a good team that is playing well, and most worthy of our fan support. In fact, DU has had more consecutive 20-win seasons than any team in the country (14), with eight straight NCAA appearances. The product on the ice is terrific. Continue reading Puck Swami: Where are the Pio Fans?

The Evolution of College Hockey Coverage

Photo Credit: Candace Horgan, USCHO.com

On Monday, Brad E. Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald, wrote an article on Area Voices about the evolution of college hockey coverage. Schlossman is a very well-known college hockey reporter and has been in the business for over a decade. He’s seen the industry change as the internet has grown and online sports content has become mostly free to access. Continue reading The Evolution of College Hockey Coverage

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

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