Denver Hockey Series Preview: Miami (OH)

It was another difficult series for the No. 7 Pioneers who fell to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4-1 and 3-1 last weekend.  Bobby Brink and Brett Edwards were the lone goal-scorers in each game in a series where it seemed that UND was getting most of the puck luck.  It was a tough environment and an even harder battle getting back into games with the Fighting Hawks who played with a lead all weekend.  The Pioneers also took a too-many-men minor in each game, something you don’t usually see.  It’s been clear that Denver hasn’t been able to play their game in the last two series, but there’s an opportunity to make up some ground before playoff time.  The Pioneers host the Miami RedHawks this weekend who may take the brunt of some built-up frustration.

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Denver Loses All-American Gymnast Lynnzee Brown for the Season

DU’s All-American gymnast junior Lynnzee Brown formally acknowledged on Twitter that she is out for the remainder of the season. A lower-body injury, reportedly an Achilles tendon, was sustained during the final floor exercise at Magness Arena this past weekend. On her final pass of the afternoon during her floor routine she landed awkwardly and was carried from the arena.

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Taking Stock of DU Hockey

Just a few weeks ago, DU was riding high on an 11-game unbeaten streak. They dominated lesser opponents like CC and Miami while demonstrating their ability to play well late in games to close them out or even come back when they had to. Everything was going about as well as Denver could have wanted it to…until it wasn’t. Now, four straight losses against Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota later and with just six games left in the regular season, the Pioneers and their championship aspirations are at a crossroads. There are some hard truths that they have to face and address if they are going to get things back on track and punch their ticket to Detroit in April. Continue reading Taking Stock of DU Hockey

Pioneer Flashback: When DU Basketball Was a Regular at Madison Square Garden (Part II)

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Madison Square Garden Marquee in 1961. Photo: New York Times

Our own Puck Swami takes a look back through DU’s rich sports history to the eight times DU men’s basketball played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in this two-part flashback series. In the first part (here), he covered the first four DU appearances between 1947 and 1959, while in this second part (below) he covers the second four MSG appearances, which occurred between 1959 and 1966.

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Pioneer Flashback: When DU Basketball Was a Regular at Madison Square Garden (Part I)

Photo: The old Madison Square Garden (1925-1968) in New York City, seen here in 1932 taking up most of a city block, hosted the DU Pioneers Basketball team eight times between 1947 and 1966.

Our own Puck Swami takes a look back through DU’s rich sports history to the eight times DU men’s basketball played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden between 1947 and 1966 in this first of a two-part flashback series, which covers DU’s first four appearances in New York City.

While DU basketball is known today mostly on the basketball courts of Denver, and around the Summit League, there was once a time when the DU Pioneers were a New York City attraction, playing eight times at the legendary old Madison Square Garden in New York City in the 19-year span between 1947 and 1966.  Continue reading Pioneer Flashback: When DU Basketball Was a Regular at Madison Square Garden (Part I)

NCAA Moving to Allow for More Flexible Student-Athlete Transfer Rules

According to a number of news sources, the NCAA is quickly moving to change their transfer policy for student-athletes, allowing a one-time transfer process for collegiate athletes with the ability to compete the following academic year. This new policy would trump the current requirements for student-athletes transferring to a four-year NCAA school who must complete one academic year in residence at the new school before they can play for the new school unless they qualify for a transfer exception or waiver – usually financial hardship or outright waiver from the departing institution. Continue reading NCAA Moving to Allow for More Flexible Student-Athlete Transfer Rules

Centura Health Sponsorship Deal Is A Master Stroke for DU Athletics

In a somewhat low key news release this past week, the University of Denver Division of Athletics announced a new 10-year sponsorship deal with Centura Health, a large health care system located here in Colorado.  But, make no mistake, this burgeoning sponsorship, called “major and substantial” by one University source, is a key victory in sustaining athletic success at DU. Continue reading Centura Health Sponsorship Deal Is A Master Stroke for DU Athletics

Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans

The past weekend was bookended by a premier lacrosse showdown between #8 DU and #11 Duke at a sold-out Peter Barton Stadium and #5 Denver Gymnastics performing in front of  5,500 fans in Magness Arena. If athletics are ‘the front porch’ of a university, Denver was just a few heads short of a visit from the fire marshall. Continue reading Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans

CC’s Robson Arena Groundbreaking Postponed

A scheduled groundbreaking ceremony for a new, Colorado College on-campus hockey arena, Robson Arena, was postponed indefinitely Saturday afternoon when outgoing Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler’s missing 2018 Range Rover was discovered in the construction site. Tiefenthaler, who was recently named the new CEO of National Geographic Society in January of 2020, was set to leave Colorado College in August of 2020, but obviously, her map-reading skills still need some work or the Delta House Chapter has been reactivated. Continue reading CC’s Robson Arena Groundbreaking Postponed

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