UND Player Requests DU Coeds Wear Sweatshirts

(above) UND Freshman hockey player Rocco Grimaldi has been busy Tweeting this summer
Puck Daddy has an article about University of North Dakota hockey player Rocco Grimaldi.  Apparently the Freshman wants less sexy outfits on the fairer sex.  Should be pretty interesting in the DU student section on Feb. 24-25 when North Dakota comes to town.

NHL Twitter: Rakhshani Knee Injury Update

DU's 2011 Recruiting Class Ranked In Top 9

(above) Scott Mayfield is pictured on CHN's Top Recruiting Classes article
College Hockey News listed the top recruiting classes in college hockey.  CHN did not numerically rank the classes, but the University of Denver was listed along with eight other schools.

DU was led by incoming Freshman Scott Mayfield, Joey LaLeggia, Zac Larraza & Josiah Didier.
2011 Freshman Class
D Scott Mayfield (Youngstown, USHL)
F Zac Larraza (U.S. Under-18)
D Joey LaLeggia (Penticton Vees, BCHL)
F Larkin Jacobson (Janesville Jets, NAHL)
D-F Wade Bennett (Wichita Falls, NAHL)
F Matt Tabrum (Omaha, USHL)
D Josiah Didier (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Daniel Doremus (Sioux Falls, USHL)
G Juho Olkinuora (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Ty Loney (Youngstown, USHL)
G Zack Hope (Hill School, PA. HS) [JR.]

Chambers Blog: Bulked Up Beau Bennett

Mike Chambers talked to DU star forward Beau Bennett about his expectations and goals this season.

Clarion Features Hockey Campout Article & Photos

DU Alum Chris Butler Looks To Settle In Calgary

(above) DU Alum Chris Butler was traded in the offseason from Buffalo to Calgary
by Eric Francis

Settling in nicely as the new guy, DU Alum Chris Butler admits no one in Calgary has recognized him yet.

“I like that,” smiled the 24-year-old Flames defenceman.

Well, he’d better not get used to it.

Four months after becoming the answer to the question “Who’d they trade Reggie for again?”, Butler is about to try filling Robyn Regehr’s sizeable Tacks.

Not only will the former Buffalo Sabre do so by starting the season playing alongside Regehr’s old defensive partner, Jay Bouwmeester, he’ll also be counted on to play large chunks of each game as No. 28 did here for 11 years.

It’s the perfect stage for the country music junkie from the Show Me State (Missouri) to do just that.

“It’s a pretty good fit so far,” Butler said of Calgary.

“I always wanted to come to the Calgary Stampede. My girlfriend rides horses, so I’ve been around that stuff. She’s at Oklahoma State in vet school — she’s the smarter one of the two of us.”

Although significantly smaller and less physical, the self-deprecating newbie represents an upgrade offensively on a blueline Brent Sutter hopes will jump up more often this year.

Sutter continues to use Bouwmeester up front on the odd powerplay to get him thinking more offensively. The coach must have been thrilled, then, to see Butler in tight on the Islanders net late Tuesday as part of a nifty give-and-go with Roman Horak that ended with Butler sliding the puck just past the post and wide on a great scoring chance he created.

“I like to think of myself as a two-way guy who is keen on jumping up on the rush and helping offensively,” said Butler.

“I take pride in playing strong defensively.”

Just two seasons ago, the fourth-round pick out of the University of Denver emerged as a playmaker in Buffalo, racking up 21 points in 59 games despite a high ankle sprain that disrupted his season.

Last year, after starting out as the Sabres’ seventh defenceman, he played a more defensive role, teaming up with towering Tyler Myers down the stretch to shut down the opposition’s top line.

Here, he’ll be called upon to do a little of everything, which suits him just fine. And as long as he remains alongside Big Bouw, it won’t take long for the American rearguard to make a name for himself and garner plenty of attention on and off the ice.

“A guy that played hard and played the right way and contributed at both ends,” said the 6-foot-2, 205 pounder when asked how he’d like to be known by Flames faithful by season’s end.

“Initially, I was surprised, but once I had a chance to talk to (GM) Jay (Feaster) and Brent, I realized it would be a good fit. For me, it’s a chance to start new and show what type of player I can be. I couldn’t ask for a better partner. He moves quickly, efficiently and is a tremendous skater — I’ve always admired how he plays.”

Funny, as Sutter and several other Flames executives have said the same thing about Butler, including one who went as far as to say he thought Butler was already a better player than Regehr – a bold, if not irresponsible, statement given Regehr’s tenure here.

“That’s a tremendous compliment,” said Butler, who switched from No. 28 early in camp to No. 44 out of respect for Regehr.

“I have a ton of respect for Reggie. I’ve never met him, but from how the guys talk about him … He was here for, what, 11 years? Guys don’t last that long for one team without a reason.”

Asked pointedly how the team would be able to replace Regehr, Sutter was curt.

“Robyn is a good defenceman, but don’t underrate where Butler is at,” said Sutter.

“Just because he was in the other conference, you guys didn’t see him much. He was playing with Myers against the others teams’ top line from Christmas on, so he’s a pretty mobile guy who can also jump up and create offence. Robyn’s moved on, and we’ve moved on as well.”

Indeed, it sounds like the new kid’s gonna be alright.

College Hockey News Twitter About Notre Dame

(above) Notre Dame to Hockey East or National Collegiate Hockey Conference?

DU @ Boston College Game On CBS Sports Network

The University of Denver hockey game against Boston College [Friday, Oct. 14th] will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.  

CBS Sports Network, a division of CBS Sports, is a 24-hour cable network dedicated to college sports. It can be seen on DirecTV #613, Dish Network #152 & Denver Comcast #412.

DU Student Spirit Committee Announces Events

(above) The DU Grilling Society will be pregaming again this hockey season and as always the events are open to the public
Over the summer the University of Denver Spirit Committee was formed to build awareness of school spirit.  The main purpose of the organization is to create synergy among the various organizations and individuals on campus to promote school spirit.  According to DUSC co-chair Joey Leon, the following has been accomplished:
  • The DU Cheerleading Squad has been selected for the upcoming year.
  • Interest in the DU Pep Band is at an all-time high and they will perform at every Saturday night home hockey game this season, as well as the Friday night CC game.
  • A bus trip for students will be organized for the Feb. 4th hockey game in Colorado Springs against Colorado College
  • This year's Homecoming Weekend will feature many new events for students and their parents
  • The DU Grilling Society tailgates and BBQ's before the hockey games will be bigger and many campus organizations will participate
  • This year's Student Season Ticket Campout was the largest ever, thanks in part to all the planning that was done over the summer

DU #1 In WCHA Coaches & Media Polls

WCHA coaches and media members tabbed Denver as the favorite to win the league’s regular-season title.

The Pioneers earned 16 of a possible 26 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released Tuesday by Duluth-based radio station 94X. In the WCHA coaches poll unveiled Wednesday by the Grand Forks Herald, DU captured seven of the 12 first-place votes.

Vote For DU Alum Lacey Henderson On Facebook

DU Alumnus Lacey Henderson has been nominated as a finalist for America's Choice Award. The winner will be announced during the Courage in Sports TV special on CBS November 13 at 5 pm ET.

When Lacey was in fourth grade, doctors detected a tumor in her right knee and diagnosed it as soft-tissue synovial sarcoma, a rare type of cancer with a low survival rate. After she fell violently ill from chemotherapy treatments, doctors were forced to amputate Lacey’s right leg, concluding it was her best chance for survival.

Despite the amputation in 1999, Lacey has never let the anything slow her down. She was a member on the cheerleading squads at both her high school and the University of Denver, and she refuses to give up her active lifestyle, continuing to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and gymnastics. She has now been cancer free for 12 years, and after taking up track and field just last year, she is training to qualify for the 2012 US Paralympics Team.

Rick Bragnalo Inducted Into NW Ontario HOF

Rick Bragnalo
From: Chronicle-Journal
by David Diaczuk

Sometimes dreams do come true, especially for hockey players in Northwestern Ontario. University of Denver alum Rick Bragnalo, one of the 2011 inductees into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, has had an extensive hockey career, but it all started on those outdoor rinks in Fort William, Ontario.

“Parents knew where their kids were because all they had to do was look across the street and that’s where they were on the rinks,” Bragnalo recalled. “We all grew up with the same ambitions and same passions for the games. When you’re young you always have those dreams, but at the time they are only dreams.”

Bragnalo started playing junior hockey in the early 1960s in Fort William. In 1968, he became a forward for the Fort William Canadiens junior team where he won Rookie of the Year and was the league’s scoring champion, as well as advancing to the Memorial Cup final.

In 1970, he was lucky enough to earn a hockey scholarship at the University of Denver, and that’s when things really started to take shape.

“At that age you start thinking this dream might be possible,” he said.

During his time as a forward and defencemen with the University of Denver, Bragnalo earned 46 points in 29 games, as well as 24 goals and 22 assists in the 1973-74 season. It was also during this time that Bragnalo was coached by Murray Armstrong, who he said impacted his life, not only as a hockey player, but as person.

“I learned a lot from that gentleman on how to conduct myself as a person and as a player,” he said. “I would have to say he was very instrumental in forming my hockey philosophy.”

After graduating from the University of Denver in 1974, Bragnalo signed on with the Dayton Gems in the International Hockey League, playing four seasons.

Bragnalo’s next step was the National Hockey League. In 1975, he was put on the negotiation list for the Washington Capitals and attended their training camp. Bragnalo played four seasons with the Capitals scoring 15 goals and 35 assists.
Even though he said he was never a star player in the NHL, it did provide him with one of his most memorable moments throughout his hockey career.

“If I had to pick one of my most memorable moments, it would have to be my first goal in the NHL,” he said. “It is one thing I guess you never forget. It was just one goal but it was an important time for me.”

The goal was scored against New York Rangers goaltender John Davidson in the 1975-76 season. And even though he saved the puck, sometimes mementos go missing, he said.

After playing in the NHL, Bragnalo had a two-season stint in the American Hockey League with the Hershey Bears and again in the International Hockey League with the Port Huron Flags. But what came next was going to be quite the change for the hockey player from Fort William.

From 1980 to 1992, Bragnalo played hockey in Italy in the professional leagues as well as representing Italy in the World Championships.

“It was a totally different ball game,” Bragnalo said. “It wasn’t the NHL and the caliber of hockey wasn’t as good as here. But it was a great experience for me and probably a better experience for my family. I got to expose my family and kids to quite a cultural experience. I think if you ask them today they would say it was unforgettable.”

While he is a Canadian by birth, Bragnalo said his Italian background gave him the opportunity to play in Italy. And being a Canadian at heart, Bragnalo said it was always a thrill to play against Team Canada.

“It was always nice to play against Team Canada or Team USA because you always felt you had something to prove and that you could play with them,” he said. “We tied Team Canada 3-3 and I think that has to rank up there as one of the greater thrills in my career as well.”

Bragnalo retired from his hockey career in 1992, but he wasn’t quite ready to hang up the skates just yet. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Bragnalo worked as a coach with the Thunder Bay Kings. He is also a teacher in the Thunder Bay District Catholic School Board, which he said is very rewarding because he always liked working with kids.

This isn’t Bragnalo’s first induction into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. In 1991 and 1995, he was inducted with the 1966 and 1967 Fort William little league teams, respectively. But this is his first honor for his hockey career.

“I was quite surprised and very humbled by being inducted,” he said. “I know the quality of past recipients and I’m certainly honored to be mentioned in the same category as they are.”

As for all those kids out on cold winter nights, skating on all those outdoor rinks, Bragnalo said they just have to keep dreaming, just like he did.

“If you like the game and you have a passion for it, then do your best and you never know,” he said. “You dream and sometimes dreams come true.”

Adam Murray Wallpaper/Photoshop

(above) Click on image to enlarge
DU alumnus Matt Bick has produced this photo-shopped image of DU goaltender Adam Murray that can be enlarged, downloaded or used as wallpaper for your computer.

DU Hockey 2010-11 Video Highlights

You can view video highlights of other DU teams and Athletic Department produced videos at YouTube.

University Of Denver #4 In Preseason Poll

(above) DU is #4 in the first Poll of the season
While DU is #4 in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll, perhaps what is more telling is that five of the top eight teams are members of the upcoming National Collegiate Hockey Conference. 

Additionally, #1 Notre Dame would make six of the top eight if they join the new conference.  An announcement about Norre Dame's conference affiliation is expected within a week.

Boone In The Community

(above) Boone greets this future Pioneer at Coors Field
(above) Its good to be the Boone at the Season Ticket Campout
(above) Boone at the Colorado Rockies game
As the Fall sports schedule ramps up on campus, Boone has been busy spreading the love off-campus. 

Recently he was invited to a second Colorado Rockies baseball game along with other local mascots.

On Friday night he attended a non-profit event at the Denver Athletic Club.  Afterwards he rushed to the DU Season Ticket Campout to pump up the students.  Early Saturday morning he was back at the campout cutting in line to get DU Hockey Season Tickets.

More Photos From DU Season Ticket Campout

(above) Boone takes a shift behind the massive D.U.G.S. BBQ
(above) Students line up for tickets early Saturday morning
(above) The Friday night party was well attended
(above) The 2011 event  the largest ever

Photo Slideshow Of DU Season Ticket Campout

The University of Denver hockey student season ticket campout was successful for the 11th consecutive year. The Pioneers sold close to 400 student season hockey tickets in an on-sale event today that produced overnight campouts that began on Thursday morning [read entire article and see YouTube Videos of event].

Freshmen Hockey Players Butcher DU Fight Song

(above) DU Freshmen hockey players Larkin Jacobson and Daniel Doremus sing perhaps the worst rendition of "D-Rah" ever performed in public.

Season Ticket Campout Raided By DU Security

(above) Boone keeps warm around the old campfire
(Above) The line was already down the steps on Friday night
The 2011 DU Student Season Ticket Campout got off to a rousing start on Friday evening in front of Magness Arena.  Never before had so many students arrived this early to secure tickets for the upcoming hockey season.

Students started showed up starting at 10 AM on Thursday morning. 

Reports are trickling in, but it appears that the students were so rowdy, the event was "shut down."

According to eyewitnesses, there were huge crowds on Friday night. People were incredibly rowdy and DJ's had been hired to play all night long. But it didn't take long for DU's campus police to jump into action after receiving noise complaints from neighborhood cranks across the street.

Boone was spied at the campout building school spirit.

Three lucky DU students won free season tickets for having school spirit themed tents and/or clothing.

National Publicity Rolls In For Phil Heath

(above) DU Alum Phil Heath was spotted on AOL.com today
The nationwide publicity is rolling in for DU Alum Phil Heath who was recently crowned 2011 Mr. Olmypia.  AOL.com featured Phil in his DU uniform today, while Sporting News and Bleacher Report had articles about him this week.

Thanks to a tip from a loyal reader who heard Phil talking about DU on a local radio program, LetsGoDU was the first online source to post a photo of Phil from his playing days at DU.  Since that time, the article and photo has received thousand of visits from all over the world.

DU Lax Signs Top 40 Recruit From Baltimore

(above) Gordie Koerber is one of the top lacrosse recruits in Maryland

Gilman School [Baltimore, MD] senior lacrosse standout Gordie Koerber, who helped lead the Greyhounds to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship last spring, has committed to play at the University of Denver.

An emerging national power, Denver reached the national semifinals this past spring.

"I had a great time on my visit, and the coaches made me feel very welcome and part of the team," Koerber said Thursday. "They're a great team, and with the success they had last year, I'm grateful to have the chance to be a part of it and build on last year."

As a junior, Koerber scored four goals in Gilman's 13-8 championship victory over Calvert Hall, earning the Greyhounds the area's No. 1 ranking with a 13-5 mark. It was his first year as a starter and second on varsity, and he finished with 31 goals and seven assists.

In July, Koerber was selected to participate in the prestigious Warrior 40 national camp at Harvard, which features the top 40 high school players in the country.

At the time, he said he had gotten only limited interest from Division-I teams, but he held out hope that a major program would recruit him.

Denver finished last season ranked No. 4 in the country with a 15-3 record. The Pioneers had their second straight perfect season in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and also won the inaugural ECAC tournament title.

ROOT SPORTS Announces DU Hockey TV Lineup

ROOT SPORTS™ announced today that it will broadcast seven regular season DU hockey games, seven men’s basketball games and one women’s basketball game this coming season. This marks the 11th consecutive year, and 18th season overall, the network has been the official television partner of the Pioneers.

ROOT SPORTS’ DU hockey coverage begins Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. MT when the Pioneers host last year’s national champion, Minnesota-Duluth. The Pioneers’ television schedule also includes a game against in-state rival Colorado College on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. MT. In total, six WCHA match-ups will air on the network. 
2011-12 DU Hockey Broadcast Schedule

Fri., Nov. 4 - Minnesota-Duluth  7:30 pm
Fri., Nov. 18 - Nebraska-Omaha  7:30 pm
Fri., Nov. 25 - Princeton  7:30 pm
Fri., Jan. 13 - Bemidji State  7:30 pm
Fri., Feb. 3 - Colorado College   7:30 pm
Sat., Feb. 11 - Minnesota  7:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 25 - North Dakota  7:00 pm

Students Get Early Jump on Hockey Season Tickets

(above) These guys set up on Thursday afternoon
LetsGoDU will be publishing photos all weekend from the DU Student Season Ticket Campout.  Two enterprising students set up on Thursday afternoon, easily the earliest start on record.

Tickets go on sale for students on Saturday morning at 8 AM.

There will be live entertainment, a prize cart driving around, games/fun events and competitions and even some local vendors handing out samples -- even the Red Bull Girls are coming out for the party!

Chambers Blog Updates Brittain Injury Situation

Mike Chambers Blog interviewed University of Denver goaltender Sam Brittain about his knee surgery and his current prognosis.  There is also a very interesting tidbit on Adam Murray, who has undergone some major physical changes this summer, with an eye towards retaining his goaltending duties when Brittain returns.

DU Student Ticket Campout Begins This Friday

(above) DU students will be camping out for hockey tickets this weekend
The Annual DU Student Season Ticket Campout is this weekend.

Tickets go on sale for students on Saturday morning at 8 AM, but hard core students will be camping out all night to reserve a spot in line.

There will be live entertainment, a prize cart driving around, games/fun events and competitions and even some local vendors handing out samples -- even the Red Bull Girls are coming out for the party!

St Cloud & Western Michigan To Join NCHC

Edit: St Cloud State University & Western Michigan University announced that they are joining the NCHC on Thursday.

According to the Grand Forks Herald the National Collegiate Hockey Conference will invite Western Michigan and St. Cloud State to join North Dakota, Denver, Colorado College, Nebraska-Omaha, Minnesota-Duluth and Miami in the new league that will start in 2013-14, sources say.

Both schools are expected to accept the invites.

Notre Dame has not yet decided its future, but also holds an NCHC invite. Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick told a radio station over the weekend that his school will make a decision within 10 days.

DU Alumnus Wins 2011 Mr. Olympia

(above) DU Alum Phil Heath is the 2011 Mr. Olympia
Phil Heath at DU
The Mr. Olympia 2011 results are official from Las Vegas and former Universiy of Denver basketball player Phil Heath defeated longtime champion, Jay Cutler.

Heath showed his impressive physique that netted him the $200,000 first prize. He's the 13th winner of Mr. Olympia. Cutler was the winner in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Dexter Jackson claimed the title in 2008. Other Mr. Olympia winners include big names like Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger in the early to mid '70s.

Phil Heath, age 31, was emotional after his big win, with his friend Jay Cutler happy to see his friend and rival victorious. Heath is a former University of Denver basketball player, who started his bodybuilding career in 2002.

Denver Post: DU Announces Captains

(above) DU's 2011-12 captains are Dustin Jackson, Drew Shore, John Lee & Paul Phillips
Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has a short article about 5th-year senior Dustin Jackson and junior Drew Shore being named co-captains of the University of Denver hockey team. Senior defenseman John Lee and junior blue-liner Paul Phillips will serve as DU's alternate captains.

Adam Murray's New Goalie Mask

(above) Click on photos to enlarge
(above) Adam Murray's new goalie mask
DU's starting goaltender this season, Adam Murray, unveiled a special goalie mask for the 2011-12 season.  The mask features artwork that pays homage to DU's proud hockey history.

The helmet features an oversized Boone, a tradition started by former DU goaltender Peter Mannino.  An epic touch was displaying DU's National Championship banners ('58, '60, '61, '68 & '69) won during Murray Armstrong's tenure.  Adam Murray's number "33" is on the chin.  Legendary former DU coach Murray Armstrong's Fedora is displayed.  Finally there is a large interlocking "DU" across the top of the crown of the helmet.
(above)  Lars Paulgaard, Sam Brittain, Peter Mannino & Marc Cheverie show off Boone

News & Notes From Around PioNation

A Twitter report that DU Alum Rhett Rakhshani has suffered another concussion, this time at the New York Islanders training camp.  Best wishes to Rhett as he recovers.
Former DU star Patrick Wiercioch is one of three defensemen battling for a final roster spot on the Ottawa Senators. 
Drew Shore and Dusty Jackson have been officially named as co-captains for the Pioneers this season according to the University of Denver Athletics Website.
The DU Athletic Department is jumping into social media with both feet this year.  Fans can follow our favorite teams via the Pioneers' social media channels to get the most up-to-the-minute news, scores, interviews, highlights, live blogs and event updates. DU will have coverage via Twitter, CoverItLive, Facebook & YouTube.

US News & World Report Ranks DU Ahead Of CU

Three Colorado colleges are ranked among the top 100 universities in the nation by U.S. News &World Report.

In the marquee "national universities" category, Colorado School of Mines was the highest-rated Colorado university tied for No. 75 with five other institutions while University of Denver was at No. 82 and the University of Colorado at Boulder tied for No. 94.
"Far and away, DU has one of the most beautiful campuses I've seen. It's even a certified arboretum. The size is pretty good. It's small enough that you'll get a good deal of individual attention, and professors will most often know you. However, it's also large enough to have access to many of the resources that larger colleges get. If you're into any sort of performing arts, the Newman Center offers some fantastic facilities. DU is also only a few minutes away from Downtown Denver, which is brimming with cultural activities--art, music, theatre, and so on. Studying abroad is huge for DU students. Roughly 70% of our undergrads go abroad at some point, and thanks to the Cherrington Global Scholars program, it doesn't cost anything more than studying at DU. The one main complaint is that school spirit is rather low, but we expect this to be remedied with the return of our old mascot, Boone, who was retired in 1999." - Kevin DU Freshman

DU Student Season Ticket Campout Sept. 24th

The University of Denver continues one of its most popular traditions with the Annual Hockey Student Season Ticket Campout on Saturday, Sept. 24.

DU hockey student season tickets go on sale at 8:00 a.m. MT on Sept. 24 at the Ritchie Center North Box Office. Student are encouraged to begin their campouts early Friday, Sept. 23 at the Ritchie Center as over 400 student season hockey tickets were sold last year during the event.

The 2011-12 DU hockey coaching staff and Pioneer hockey players are expected to greet the faithful DU students Saturday morning with doughnuts.

The Pioneers host McGill University (Oct. 1) and the U.S. Under-18 Team (Oct. 7) in exhibition action before opening the regular season at Boston College on Oct. 14.

DU Hockey Single Game Tickets Now On Sale

Single game tickets for the 2011-12 Denver Pioneer hockey team went on sale Saturday. Single game tickets for the seven-time NCAA champion Pioneers start as low as $18.

Tickets can be purchased at Ritchie Center Box Office or online.
DU Hockey 2011-12 Home Games
Oct. 1 McGill [Exhibition]
Oct. 7 US National Development Under-18 [Exhibition]
Oct. 21-22 Minnesota State [Homecoming Weekend]
Nov. 4-5 Minnesota-Duluth
Nov. 12 Colorado College
Nov. 18-19 Nebraska-Omaha
Nov. 25 Denver Cup [Providence vs. Miami, Princeton @ DU]
Nov. 26 Denver Cup [Providence vs. Princeton, Miami @ DU]
Dec. 30 Union
Jan. 6-7 Alabama-Huntsville
Jan. 13-14 Bemdji State
Feb. 2 Colorado College
Feb. 10-11 Minnesota
Feb. 24-25 North Dakota
Mar. 9-11 WCHA Playoffs

Mannino's New Goalie Mask Stars Boone

Now that the NHL Atlanta Thrashers have moved to Winnipeg and become the Jets, DU Alum Peter Mannino needed a new look.  As usual Peter incorporated Boone into the design and the result is another great mask.

Dave Gunnarsson has done Mannino's masks the past.

Colborne Wants To Land On Leafs Roster

(above) DU Alum Joe Colborne will be battling in training camp to play alongside fellow Pioneer Tyler Bozak
by Michael Traikos

Training camp begins for the Toronto Maple Leafs in one week. Until then, head coach Ron Wilson is not allowed on the ice with his team. Nor is he allowed to devise game plans in the dressing room or stand on the bench and shout instructions to his charges. But he is always watching.

Joe Colborne knows this. He also knows that while most of the roster is pretty much set, the Leafs are keeping one spot open on the third line with centre Tyler Bozak and right-winger Colby Armstrong [read rest of article].

Marc Cheverie Traded To Phoenix Coyotes

(above) Angelo Ricci and Marc Cheverie confer at the DU Pro Camp last month
From: Sun-Sentinel.com

In a surprise move the Florida Panthers have dealt DU goalie alum Marc Cheverie to the Phoenix Coyotes for center Justin Bernhardt, who has yet to play an NHL game. Bernhardt will most likely begin the season on the San Antonio Rampage, Florida’s new AHL affiliate.

Cheverie was supposed to be one of the Panthers’ three young goalies at this week’s Rookie Tournament Camp along with Jacob Markstrom and Brian Foster.

DU Receives Commitment From Connor Honey

(above) DU's latest recruit, Connor Honey, helped Edmonton's South Side Athletic Club to the Mac's World Tournament title in the Calgary Saddledome on New Year's Day
Chris Hiesenberg's Website mentioned that right winger Connor Honey (6'0 175 lbs.) has given a verbal commitment to the University of Denver.  Connor is from Edmonton, Alberta and will play for the USHL Green Bay Gamblers this season under former DU assistant coach Derek Lalonde.

Playing last season for the South Side Athletic Club (AMHL), Honey recorded 24 goals and 32 assists in 34 games.  He led the Alberta Midget Hockey League in points (56) and game winning goals (5).

In December, Connor and his twin brother Curtis, helped South Side Athletic win the Mac's World Invitational AAA Midget Hockey Tournament, a prestigious international hockey tournament held annually for midget aged players in Calgary. The tournament featured 25 teams from across Canada, the United States and Europe. Curtis, a goaltender, was named tourney MVP, while Connor had two goals and 12 assists in seven games.  SSAC won the championship in the Scotia Bank Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, in front of 10,000 spectators.

Besides playing under head coach Derek Lalonde, Honey will be joined in Green Bay by future DU teammate Dakota Mermis, who played on the US Under-17 Development team last season.  Green Bay is loaded this season with three NHL Draft picks and 15 college bound players.
2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL)
D Dakota Mermis (Green Bay Gamblers, USHL)
D Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Garrett Allen (Dubuque, USHL)
D Nolan Zajac (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Quentin Shore (U.S. Under-18)
F Connor Honey (Green Bay, USHL)

2013 Recruiting Class

F Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL)
F Landon Smith (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Connor Chatham (U.S. Under-17)
F Ray Pigozzi (Des Moines, USHL)
D Will Butcher (U.S. Under-17)

2014 Recruiting Class

F Jared Fiegl (Colorado Rampage, U-16)
D Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-17)
F Trevor Moore (Tri-Cities, USHL)

4th Annual Pep Rally: Because We Are Champions

(above) Coach Gwozdecky gave away a hockey stick to a lucky Freshman student during the Pioneer Pep Rally on Sunday evening
(above) The Pep Rally welcomed the largest Freshman class in school history

The University of Denver Division of Athletics hosted its fourth annual Pioneer Pep Rally before the largest freshmen class in school history Sunday night at Magness Arena. All first-year and transfer students and their parents were invited to the festivities from 8-9 p.m. MT.

"Voice of the Pioneers" Mitch Hyder served as the emcee for the event which introduced DU athletics, traditions, coaches, student-athletes and facilities to the students and their parents.

The event was kicked off by the DU student-athletes welcoming the first-year and transfer students. Photos of DU's on-campus facilities were shown along with Learfield Directors' Cup celebration and 2010-11 athletics highlights videos.

DU Student Body President Sam Gerk and Vice President Olivia Hails spoke about Pioneer traditions and events before a video of the Official Ritchie Center Student Entrance was shown.

Pioneer head coaches were introduced and the coaches threw select gear into the eager crowd. Volleyball player Faimie Kingsley and men's soccer player Drew Beckie talked to the students about the Student Athletic Advisory Council and Orientation Leader J.P. Griego also addressed the crowd.

DU hockey captains Dustin Jackson and Drew Shore encouraged attendance for the Student Season Ticket Campout on Sept. 24 and the rest of the Pioneer hockey players passed out donuts.

The students threw mini basketballs from the stands in hopes of winning a duffle bag full of DU merchandise, and the evening ended with the singing of the DU fight song.

News & Notes From Around PioNation

Anthony Maiani
Recently graduated DU forward Anthony Maiani shot a hole-in-one last week out on the golf course.  Maiani will play this season for the ECHL Colorado Eagles.  Hmmm .... Hole-in-one .... Eagle.
Three former DU hockey players from the 1960's played in Snoopy's Senior World  Hockey Tournament in Santa Rosa last week.  John MacMillan (DU '60), Domenic Fragomeni (DU '62) and Wayne Smith (DU' 66) were among the dozens of former NCAA players in the tournament.  D.J. Powers has an article on the College Hockey Inc. website about the tournament.
University of Denver men's golf coach Eric Hoos, who closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 212, was the top low-amateur scorer at the HealthOne Colorado Senior Open at Green Valley Ranch. Hoos finished just five strokes behind the winner.
You can purchase these cool Boone necklaces online from Anne Franklin Designs.  They are made out of repurposed Scrabble tiles and only cost $10-$15 each.  Besides looking great, they are awesome good luck charms during nerve wracking hockey games.
Former DU goalie Pete LoPresti (DU '74) was named one of the Top 100 all-time Minnesota high school players as compiled by Minnesota Hockey Hub.  After just two seasons at DU, LoPresti went on to play six seasons in the NHL.
DU Lacrosse star forward Mark Mathews won a club lacrosse championship up in Canada this summer.  Hopefully the experience is a sign of things to come this Fall for the DU Lacrosse team.

USHR Mentions Will Butcher's Ties To DU Coach

From: US Hockey Report

Will Butcher, who will be playing for the next two seasons in the National Team Development Program, committed to the University of Denver yesterday.

Butcher was recruited by the University of Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Colorado College, before selecting DU.
"In the hockey-is-a-small-world-department, Butcher is the son of Joe Butcher, who was a teammate of Denver assistant coach Steve Miller at Sun Prairie High School. Butcher – and Miller, too – went on to play for the Madison Capitols (USHL) in the mid-‘80s. That franchise, now defunct, was coached at the time by Bob Suter and had present CC coach Scott Owens as an assistant. Joe Butcher went on to play for Mark Mazzoleni at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, during the Pointers run of four straight NCAA Div. III National Championships."

DU Lands Another Big-Time Recruit: Will Butcher

Will Butcher
The University of Denver hockey program has been busy this summer fielding commitments from U.S. National Development Program players.  The latest recruit is Will Butcher (5'11 190) a slick puck moving defenseman from Sun Prairie [near Madison], Wisconsin.  Butcher is considered to be one of the best American defensemen in his age group and a major recruiting coup for the DU coaching staff.

Windsor Spitfires head scout Terry Doran said that Butcher would have been a "Top 10" OHL draft selection if he had opted to go the major junior route.  The Scouting News said Butcher would have been a "Top 5" OHL selection.

The United States of Hockey Blog described Butcher...
Will Butcher, played midget hockey for the Madison Capitols Midget Major, also logged some time in the USHL last season, playing in two games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The defenseman posted two assists while in Dubuque and a plus-2 rating. While Butcher lacks size for a Dman (5-10, 175), he is considered an elite puck mover and may be one of the best blueliners in this class. There are a lot of people in the scouting community that are very high on this guy and with good reason. Playing with Madison’s midget major club as an underager, Butcher registered 30 points (10g-20a) in 34 games in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. His offensive instincts have created a buzz that is sure to make him one to watch closely in Ann Arbor.

2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL)
D Dakota Mermis (U.S. Under-18)
D Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Garrett Allen (Dubuque, USHL)
D Nolan Zajac (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Quentin Shore (U.S. Under-18)

2013 Recruiting Class

F Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL)
F Landon Smith (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Connor Chatham (U.S. Under-17)
F Ray Pigozzi (Des Moines, USHL)
D Will Butcher (U.S. Under-17)

2014 Recruiting Class

F Jared Fiegl (Colorado Rampage, U-16)
D Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-17)
F Trevor Moore (Tri-Cities, USHL)

DU Athlete Lindsay Cone Makes CBS Nightly News

(above) DU Skier & Golfer Lindsay Cone had to hike out of Killington, Vermont after Hurricane Irene washed away roads leading to the city

University of Denver varsity skier and golfer Lindsay Cone had to hike out of her hometown of Killington, Vermont yesterday to catch a flight to Denver to return to school for her Senior year. CBS News was on-hand to show some of the struggles that people in New England are going through.

In 2010 Cone was named NCAA Collegiate Skier of the Year leading DU to a National Championship.

50/50 Raffle Proceeds Purchase Hockey Software

(above) 50/50 Raffle proceeds were used to purchase software for the University of Denver hockey program
The University of Denver is the latest hockey program to purchase RinkNet Scouting Software to keep track of recruits and prospects. The software and licensing fees were purchased thanks to proceeds of the 50/50 Raffles that were held during the season at Magness Arena.

RinkNet has been producing scouting software for National Hockey League teams for the past eleven seasons. Currently 29 NHL teams use the software. As well, 97 junior and college clubs throughout the Canadian Hockey League, NCAA & USHL. In addition Hockey Canada, U.S.A. Hockey, plus several European Elite teams. A total of over 2,100 scouts use the system on a daily basis.

Earlier this year, the 50/50 Raffle Committee used proceeds to help partially fund the end of season Hockey Banquet.  Thanks go out to all the fans who purchased 50/50 tickets last season.

Daily Beast Names DU Top 15 Party School

The Daily Beast.com has named the University of Denver one of the Top 15 Party Schools in the United States.  DU was ranked ahead of Duke, Ohio State and the University of North Carolina.