Snoopy Senior World Hockey Tournament - Part 1
DU Hockey Alums Play In California Hockey Tourney

Link: DU Pioneers Roster

Editor's Note:
DJ Powers of Hockey's Future contacted LetsGoDU to report the DU Pioneers, a team made up of mostly former players from the Murray Armstrong era (1960's), participates in the Snoopy Senior World Hockey Tournament every year.

The Tournament was founded by Peanuts creator Charles Schultz in 1975 and brings together hockey players between the ages of 40-75.
The Snoopy Tournament attracts 60 adult hockey teams from around the world. Skill levels span recreational senior hockey to former collegiate and professional players. (Video Link about Tournament)

Last year DJ covered the University of Michigan Alums. This week she will write a series of articles in LetsGoDU about "our boys."

Pioneer Alums Open Tournament With 9-1 Victory

by DJ Powers
Staff Writer - NCAA

Santa Rosa, CA - The Denver Pioneers opened play in the Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament on Sunday and were victorious in the opening match versus Central Mass, handing the Rusty Blades a crushing 9-1 loss.

The Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament is a weeklong tournament that is made up of players between the ages of 40-75. The tournament is held every July at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena (aka Snoopy's Home Ice) in Santa Rosa, CA.

The Pioneers dominated this game in nearly every respect, but were held scoreless in the opening period thanks to some stellar goaltending from Central Mass.

The second period saw the Pioneers explode for five goals, four of which came in a span of five minutes in the latter stages of the period. DU alum Don Cameron (Class of 1967) opened the scoring at 8:08 mark. He later added the game-winner at the 12:03 mark of the period.

Ron Grahame, who currently serves as DU's Senior Associate Athletic Director, was nearly perfect between the pipes. The lone tally of the game that he and the Pioneers allowed came at the 18:30 mark of the middle period.

Denver would go on to add four more goals in the third period. DU alum Cliff Koroll, a member of the Pioneers 1968 NCAA Championship team, chipped in a goal and three assists in the win.

The Denver Pioneers are playing in the "Marcie" Division (60-64 age group) in this tournament. In addition to Central Mass, the other two teams in their division got their tournament play underway on Monday afternoon.

The University of Michigan 60's faced off against the Canterbury Ghosts (out of British Columbia, Canada). Current Michigan head coach Red Berenson posted a hat-trick in the Wolverines 4-1 win.

The Denver Pioneers will meet the University of Michigan 60's on Wednesday morning in one of the marquee matchups of the tournament. The Pioneers will look to avenge last year's loss to the Wolverines.

-- "It's a great day for hockey" - "Badger" Bob Johnson

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