Monday, November 30, 2009

Curse Of '57 Continues To Plague Colorado College

The crack research staff at LetsGoDU spent last year looking into reports that Colorado College's hockey program is actually under a "Curse" that would explain why they haven't won a National Championship since 1957.

A sports-related curse is the effective action of some power or evil, that is used to explain the failures or misfortunes of specific sports teams, players, or even cities.

DU graduate students thoroughly reviewed Wikipedia's List of Sports Curses to find similarities or clues to CC's misfortune. Sports Illustrated is considered by many to be a breeding ground of curses, so a bulk of the research was conducted on back issues of SI.

Last year our researches found two possible clues in the March 10, 1958 issue of Sports Illustrated. Just five days before the University of Denver would defeat North Dakota to win the 1958 National Championship, Colorado College's then president Dr. Louis T. Benezet, threatened to revamp his school's hockey program to "reduce the number of Canadians on CC's roster." Its interesting to note that Colorado College was the defending national champion at the time.

However the DU researchers point to March 1957, when Colorado College raised a question regarding the eligibility of three University of Michigan players—John Randall, Neill Buchanan and Wally Maxwell—all of whom were declared ineligible by the NCAA eligibility committee on the eve of the national tournament in Colorado Springs. CC would go on to defeat a shorthanded Michigan team in the championship game 13-6.

The hockey gods, obviously, were not amused.


msbdu said...

Question, is CC better than the pre season polls predicted or is it the fact that they have had a pretty easy schedule up till now?

dggoddard said...

CC has had an easier schedule but there is no denying that they are putting the puck in the back of the net at an alarming rate.

Statistically they are the best team in the league. #2 in scoring offense, #2 scoring defense, least penalty minutes, #1 power play, #2 penalty kill & #1 combined special teams. They have scored 20 more special teams goals than they have given up.

In this day and age of college hockey, staying out of the penalty box equals wins because nobody seems to be able to score 5 on 5 any more.

Twister said...

While I didn't believe CC would struggle as much as some others thought, I am a bit surprised at their success thus far. Even with a veteran team, I figured losing Rau, Bachman, and Vlassopoulos would be tough. Looking up and down their roster I just didn't see a lot of gamebreakers. But they have obviously filled the holes and relied on some veteran leadership.

I really hope DU can get the Gold Pan back this year. Come on Pios!!!!!

puck swami said...

CC's power play is the best in the nation, and that's what makes the Tigers go.

DU will need to keep its emotions in check this weekend.