New & Notes From Around PioNation

Mike Chambers Blog points out that the new NCHC format will allow DU and CC to play Air Force twice a year in a home and home series.  Twice as many games against Air Force will  be very popular with Front Range hockey fans.  Air Force coach Frank Serratore had some interesting comments about the changing college hockey landscape.
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University of Denver Athletic Director Peg Bradley-Doppes wrote an open letter to fans, students and alumni thanking them for a fantastic year of DU Athletics.  Besides pointing out all of DU's success on the field and DU's many great athletes and coaches, she noted that the administration was thrilled with the uptick in school spirit.  We agree.  Go DU.
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The University of Texas-Arlington is joining the WAC along with DU in 2012.  The 2012 WAC will have 10 members: Denver (non-football), Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Seattle (non-football), Texas State, Texas-Arlington (non-football), Texas-San Antonio and Utah State.
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DU Alum Patrick McCrudden defied some atrocious weather conditions and the weight of history to win the North of Ireland Match Play Championship at Royal Portrush yesterday. The 25-year-old, who graduated from the University of Denver in 2009, became the first ‘home’ player since David Young in 1977 to win the title and he did it the hard way. He trailed by two holes at the 12th but ‘gained a second wind’ and showing great composure, clawing his way back into a marathon match which lasted five hours 10 minutes.

6 comments:

Aluuum said...

The Serratore interview is worth reading.. He makes some excellent,positive points.

Aluuum said...

particularly the last two paragraphs.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully this provides the final nail in the coffin for anyone's thoughts of Air Force wanting/willing to move from Atlantic Hockey.

Frank did make an interesting point about how this could allow Tech and others an opportunity to compete on the national stage, which they had basically no hope for previously.

Runninwiththedogs said...

I saw Zucker this weekend at the Wild scrimmages. He's just so damn good. It's sick. WCHA Player of the Year, I'm calling it.

Makowski did not stick out but I wasn't watching him. (I wasn't intentionally watching Zucker either, but he is impossible to miss.) He played on a line today w/Jack Connolly and Bad Bad JT Brown and they made things happen.

Anonymous said...

That's great to hear. Thanks for the update Runnin. I hope you're right :-)

Runninwiththedogs said...

Correction: I keep calling Makowski a forward, and he's not. He was on the ice often with JCON and JT, not on a line with them.