You’re Fired…Just Kidding

Photo: Left – Hot seat for UND’s Tim Hennessy. Right – Blazing saddles for DU’s Jay Stickney

Chaos continues in Grand Forks North Dakota as state cutbacks hit the national champs. After dropping their baseball program due to funding cuts, the university sent out a letter from the interim president announcing the firing of veteran hockey play-by-play announcer Tim Hennessy. Hennessy had been calling men’s hockey games since 1977, including six of the team’s eight national championships. According to the Grand Forks Herald, Hennessy is an institution and has been a fan favorite for years and was the respected voice of college hockey in North Dakota. Continue reading You’re Fired…Just Kidding

Leagues Moving Championship Series Home

Could moving league playoffs onto campus sites lead to eventual NCAA hockey playoffs on home ice as well?

In a recent article, WCHA Moves Entire Postseason on Campus, the WCHA is looking to hold all of its postseason games on campus sites – starting with the 2016-17 season. The league was originally scheduling their tournament at the ‘neutral’ Minneapolis Xcel Center. The quarterfinals will remain four best-of-3 series, as they have been. But now, the semifinals will also be a best-of-3 on-campus series – hosted by the two highest remaining seeds. Continue reading Leagues Moving Championship Series Home

Emerging Programs Signal Ambition

DU head coaches Jamie Franks for men’s soccer and Tom Hogan for women’s volleyball are determined to take on the toughest schedule possible to position their squads for national recognition. This fall could be history making for both programs as they look to not only make the NCAA tournament again but take the next step.

The Pioneers are growing powers in both sports . Look as recently as last year, USA Today added DU men’s soccer as the 4th best program in the country overall – and this was before their undefeated regular season. Women’s volleyball posted impressive school-record 27 consecutive win seasons but their RPI has suffered due to strength of schedule. Both teams recently announced schedules that open up the possibility of new heights – but it won’t be easy.  Continue reading Emerging Programs Signal Ambition

Vermont goaltender Packy Munson to transfer to Denver

Photo courtesy of Brian Jenkins, Burlington Free Press

An all-time great hockey name is about to don the crimson and gold. Yesterday, University of Vermont goaltender Packy Munson announced via Twitter that he is going to transfer to the University of Denver, effective immediately. Due to NCAA eligibility rules, Munson will have to sit out the 2016-17 season, current DU goaltender Evan Cowley’s senior year, before resuming eligibility in the 2017-18 season.  Continue reading Vermont goaltender Packy Munson to transfer to Denver

No Regrets After Historic Year

A cold, steady drizzle descended on the city of Denver following DU’s 10-9 loss to Towson. Much like the DU hockey team in Tampa, a two-goal deficit was just too much to overcome. The sticks that were flying into the air were not ours – again. The gloom engulfed Pioneer fans and the weather followed.

But really, is there anything to be feel bad about? Continue reading No Regrets After Historic Year

Towson stuns Denver 10-9 in first-round thriller

Photo courtesy of Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

The University of Denver Pioneers lacrosse team will not defend their 2015 National Title. Despite Trevor Baptiste’s herculean 20-of-22 effort at the faceoff X, the University of Denver will not participate in Championship Weekend for just the second time since 2011. The 2016 DU lacrosse team is done and the 2016 Towson Tigers will move on to face Loyola in the quarterfinal round in Columbus, Ohio. Continue reading Towson stuns Denver 10-9 in first-round thriller

Denver Aces Court Case

According to sources with Denver Public Schools, the University of Denver is about to solve a campus space issue, put the men’s and women’s tennis programs on year-round footing, and work with the community in a joint venture which aligns perfectly to Chancellor Chopp’s strategic vision – joining the University and the Denver community closer together in perfect alignment with the DU’s Strategic Impact 2025 plan. Continue reading Denver Aces Court Case

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