Thursday, September 27, 2012

News & Notes From Around PioNation

(above) Magness Arena is being transformed for the Presidential Debate on Oct. 3rd
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The Presidenital Debate hosted by the University of Denver on Oct. 3rd is expected to be worth $20-30 million in branding & publicity benefits for the university. Down the road, DU should expect to see a 15% uptick in admissions applications next year based on previous debates.  Well worth the $1.6 million donation required to host the event.
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DU has been picked to finish third in the annual 94X WCHA Preseason Media Poll, released Wednesday. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are a nearly-unanimous pick of WCHA media to win the league. 
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The initial LetsGoDU Super Poll has been released and for the 7th straight year, DU is the consensus preseason #1 pick.  Once again Colorado College came in last out of 58 teams.
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The 8-1-2 University of Denver women's soccer team is ranked #18 in the nation.  The men's soccer team which has won five games in a row is ranked #40.
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Four current and future University of Denver hockey players will be among 40 of the finest 2013 NHL Draft-eligible, American-born players sharing the spotlight when the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is held Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Gage Ausmus, Dakota Mermis, Quintin Shore and Will Butcher will represent DU at the event.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Didn't expect DU to be ranked so high in the media poll. I'll take it though. It was also pretty interesting that Jussi and Sam received votes for goalie of the year. I think only 4 goalies received any.

Also, fwiw, DU women's soccer ranked 18th in Soccer America poll.

dggoddard said...

The last time DU finished below 4th in the WCHA was 2002-03, when they finished 7th.

Since that time they've been the most consistent program in the WCHA.

2003-04: 4th [NC]
2004-05: T-1st [NC], [F5]
2005-06: 2nd
2006-07: 4th
2007-08: 3rd [F5]
2008-09: 2nd
2009-10: 1st
2010-11: 2nd
2011-12: 3rd

Average WCHA Finish: 2.44

Anonymous said...

That's pretty damn impressive. Really starting to get excited for the upcoming season. First exhibition game in just over a week!

Guesses on line combos? I have no idea what to predict. The only thing I'm sure of is that 2 of our top 3 lines will be centered by Shores.

Levin/N.Shore/Doremus
Ostrow/Q.Shore/Loney
Larraza/Knowlton/J.Mermis
Tabrum/Arnold/Jacobson/Allen

Phillips/LaLeggia
Mayfield/Makowski
Didier/D.Mermis/Zajac

Anonymous said...

By God, if there were ever the perfect opportune time to bring back the Pac-Man-inspired "CC Sucks" spray-painted banner...... this would be it. Picture it: right as Obama & Mit get underway.... it mysteriously unfurls from the rafters.....DG, make it happen! I also fully expect, at some point during the Debate, that someone yells "CC SUCKS".

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Anonymous said...

Finally, the Magnus Center is being used for something useful. Lord knows the hockey team just seems to waste a few hours playing what they believe to be hockey during their home games.

Anonymous said...

hey Dexter, it's spelled Magness. Obviously, spelling is a required course at UND.