Sunday, September 30, 2012

Boone's Gangham Style Video

Boone's gives a guided tour of the DU campus dancing to South Korean rapper Psy's Gangnam Style

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hockey Team To Practice Off-Campus For 2 Weeks

Due to the Presidential Debate, the University of Denver hockey team moves out of the Ritchie Center today.  They've transported all the necessary hockey equipment to the Colorado Avalanche practice facility, The Family Sports Complex” until October 8th when they will return to Magness Arena.

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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cops & Paramedics Assist UND Hockey Freshmen

(above) The Grand Forks Herald provided details of intoxicated Freshman hockey players carried to their dorm rooms by teammates and left unconscious until rescued by police and paramedics
From: Grand Forks Herald
by Stephan J Lee

The frantic phone call to University of North Dakota police earlier this month by a dormitory RA that resulted in four UND freshman hockey players cited for underage drinking and seven other players suspended, came in as a request for medical assistance. 

The responding officer, Cheryl Sevigny, reported that paramedics suggested two of the freshmen be watched overnight and took another to the emergency room on suspicion of alcohol poisoning.

On Friday, Grand Forks County prosecutors charged the four freshmen players with underage drinking, a Class B misdemeanor. They are Jordan Schmaltz, 18; Bryn Chyzyk, 19; Zane Gothberg, 20; and Drake Caggiula, 18 [read entire article].
North Dakota Hockey Player Rap Sheet
August, 2005 - UND Captain Matt Greene arrested for DUI
July, 2006 - Robbie Bina Arrested For DUI
September, 2006 - Joe Finley arrested for "Loud Party"
November, 2006 - Jonathan Toews charged with "minor in consumption and noisy party gathering"
February, 2007 - Toews, T.J. Oshie & Bina arrested at Judy's Tavern
February, 2007- Grand Forks Police Chief Packett addresses team
April, 2007 - Toews & Oshie plead guilty
May, 2007 - Finley ordered to pay fine & perform community service
December, 2007 - Oshie arrested again, this time for disorderly conduct allegedly after peeing in an elevator
July, 2009 - Finley & Matt Frattin arrested for disorderly conduct, fleeing from police and giving false information
August, 2009 - Frattin arrested again. This time its DUI
September, 2010 - Danny Kristo cited by police for underage drinking
January, 2011 - Danny Kristo suffers frostbite in "Snowbank Incident"
April 2012 - Michael Parks cited for underage drinking
August 2012 - Dan Senkbeil cited for underage drinking & running from cops
August 2012 - Michael Parks cited for underage drinking for 2nd time
September 2012 - Captains Andrew MacWilliam, Corban Knight Danny Kristo & Carter Rowney suspended 1 game for "unacceptable behavior at team party." Additionally Connor Gaarder, Andrew Panzarella and Stephane Pattyn suspended 1 game.  Jordan Schmaltz, Bryn Chyzyk, Zane Gothberg, and Drake Caggiula charged with underage drinking.
September 2012 - Danny Kristo and sophomore forward Brendan O’Donnell suspended one game for violating athletic department policy.

Monday, September 24, 2012

UND Party Leads To More Bad Boyz Sanctions

From: Grand Forks Herald
by Stephen J. Lee and Brad Schlossman

The University of North Dakota announced more suspensions for men’s hockey players stemming from a Sept. 15 team party, while a Grand Forks prosecutor said four additional players will be named Monday to face charges for underage drinking.

Sophomores Connor Gaarder, Andrew Panzarella and Stephane Pattyn — all of whom are at least 21 years old — have been suspended for UND’s Oct. 20 regular-season game against Alaska Fairbanks, the team’s second game of the season.

Earlier in the week, the school announced captains Andrew MacWilliam, Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney — all of whom are also at least 21 — would sit out the season-opener on Oct. 19 against Alaska Anchorage.

UND also announced an additional one-game suspensions to Kristo and sophomore forward Brendan O’Donnell for violating athletic department policy unrelated to the team party, meaning Kristo will sit out the entire opening weekend. O’Donnell will miss UND’s game on Oct. 19 against Anchorage.
North Dakota Hockey Player Rap Sheet
August, 2005 - UND Captain Matt Greene arrested for DUI
July, 2006
- Robbie Bina Arrested For DUI
September, 2006 - Joe Finley arrested for "Loud Party"
November, 2006 - Jonathan Toews charged with "minor in consumption and noisy party gathering"
February, 2007 - Toews, T.J. Oshie & Bina arrested at Judy's Tavern
February, 2007- Grand Forks Police Chief Packett addresses team
April, 2007 - Toews & Oshie plead guilty
May, 2007 - Finley ordered to pay fine & perform community service
December, 2007 - Oshie arrested again, this time for disorderly conduct allegedly after peeing in an elevator
July, 2009 - Finley & Matt Frattin arrested for disorderly conduct, fleeing from police and giving false information
August, 2009 - Frattin arrested again. This time its DUI
September, 2010 - Danny Kristo cited by police for underage drinking

January, 2011 - Danny Kristo suffers frostbite in "Snowbank Incident"
April 2012 -
Michael Parks cited for underage drinking
August 2012 -
Dan Senkbeil cited for underage drinking & running from cops
August 2012 -
Michael Parks cited for underage drinking for 2nd time
September 2012 -
Captains Andrew MacWilliam, Corban Knight Danny Kristo & Carter Rowney suspended 1 game for "unacceptable behavior at team party." Additionally Connor Gaarder, Andrew Panzarella and Stephane Pattyn suspended 1 game

September 2012 - Danny Kristo and sophomore forward Brendan O’Donnell suspended one game for violating athletic department policy.

Friday, September 21, 2012

DU Recruit Nets Preseason Hat Trick

(above) Big things are projected for DU recruit Landon Smith
Its only the preseason, but the 2012 USHL Fall Classic kicked off the hockey season this week. DU recruit Landon Smith [5'11 168 lbs - Greenwood Village, Colorado] announced he's ready for the regular season with three goals on just four shots for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders last night.

Smith's outburst, including the game winner, helped Cedar Rapids defeat the Lincoln Stars 4-3.

Hosted by the Sioux City Musketeers, 16 USHL Member Clubs compete in three preseason games each during the Fall Classic.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Don Adam To Lead NCHC Referees

Don Adam
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) has announced that Don Adam will assume the role of Director of Officiating for the conference at the conclusion of the 2012-13 college hockey season.

NCHC men's ice hockey will make its debut during the 2013-14 season with eight successful Division I programs- Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University (Ohio), University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of North Dakota, St Cloud State University and Western Michigan University.

Denver coach George Gwozdecky said, "For over two decades, Don Adam has been regarded as one of the top hockey officials in the NCAA. His leadership skills, organizational ability along with his experience will be a valuable asset to the conference and will assure that, under his direction, the league will receive the finest collegiate officiating available."

Gopher Party Leads To Season Ending injury

Connor Reilly will miss season
The hockey season hasn't even started and yet players are falling like flies from alcohol related incidents.  The latest shoe to fall comes via Gopherland.

University of Minnesota forward Connor Reilly, one of the hockey program’s top incoming freshmen, will miss the entire 2012-13 season because of a knee injury.

Reilly hurt his right knee in an off-ice fall at a recent team party, according to two sources close to the situation [read entire article].

Connor's father, Mike, played for two seasons at Colorado College before transferring to the University of Minnesota.

News & Notes From Around PioNation

Turns out the Joe Colbourne not only had a couple of torn ligaments in his wrist, but also a broken bone that doctors discovered during surgery.  The broken wrist bone grew back together, but needed to be shaved down during the medical procedure.  It certainly helps explain his drop in production in the 2nd half of the AHL season.
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According to Twitter, DU Sophomore Wade Bennett [Beau's older brother] has retired from hockey due to injuries, and will become DU's newest student assistant coach.  Good luck Wade.
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TV Update: Two games @ North Dakota on 12/7 and 12/8 will be broadcast on Fox College Sports (FCS). The DU @ Minnesota game on 3/1 will be broadcast on Big Ten Network and the 3/2 game will be on FSN North. 25 of DU's 35 games will available on TV or on Pioneer Vision with more to be possibly added.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hakstol Fed Up With UND's Bad Boyz Antics

(above) The University of North Dakota's new hockey logo really captures the spirit of the program
From: USCHO.com

Ruh Roh.  The University of North Dakota party hockey team has finally gone too far and this time the head coach, the athletic department and the university have had enough of the antics.   A blowout party on September 15th must have been a doozy, because the team captain and assistants took the brunt of the repercussions.  In addition:
  • UND's Athletics Department issued "team probation" under which any further violations by a team member could result in immediate reduction of scholarship, suspension from competition, or expulsion from the program.
  • The implementation of a mandatory team community service program
  • Weekly team alcohol education programming
  • Senior captain Andrew MacWilliam and assistant captains Corban Knight, Danny Kristo and Carter Rowney have been suspended for the opening game of the 2012-13 regular season.
The suspensions are a result of a team party on Saturday, Sept. 15, according to a school-issued news release. --- “The behavior in this situation was unacceptable,” North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison said in a statement. “Measures taken by the athletics department do not preclude possible additional measures by the department, or actions by the university or local and state authorities.”

“Recent actions by our team are not a good representation of our place as role models within our community,” added North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol. “We have young men of high character in our locker room, but our players, and in particular our leaders, must be accountable for their actions.”

 In addition to the suspension of the team captains, Faison announced several additional team disciplinary measures including, but not limited to, athletics department-issued team probation under which any further violations by a team member could result in immediate reduction of scholarship, suspension from competition or expulsion from the program, the implementation of a mandatory team community service program and weekly team alcohol education programming.

The four captains will miss North Dakota’s game Oct. 19 against Alaska-Anchorage at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks.
North Dakota Hockey Player Rap Sheet
August, 2005 - UND Captain Matt Greene arrested for DUI
July, 2006
- Robbie Bina Arrested For DUI
September, 2006 - Joe Finley arrested for "Loud Party"
November, 2006 - Jonathan Toews charged with "minor in consumption and noisy party gathering"
February, 2007 - Toews, T.J. Oshie & Bina arrested at Judy's Tavern
February, 2007- Grand Forks Police Chief Packett addresses team
April, 2007 - Toews & Oshie plead guilty
May, 2007 - Finley ordered to pay fine & perform community service
December, 2007 - Oshie arrested again, this time for disorderly conduct allegedly after peeing in an elevator
July, 2009 - Finley & Matt Frattin arrested for disorderly conduct, fleeing from police and giving false information
August, 2009 - Frattin arrested again. This time its DUI
September, 2010 - Danny Kristo cited by police for underage drinking

January, 2011 - Danny Kristo suffers frostbite in "Snowbank Incident"
April 2012 -
Michael Parks cited for underage drinking
August 2012 -
Dan Senkbeil cited for underage drinking & running from cops
August 2012 -
Michael Parks cited for underage drinking for 2nd time
September 2012-
Captains Andrew MacWilliam, Corban Knight, Danny Kristo & Carter Rowney suspended one game after "unacceptable behavior at team party"

Magazine Featuring DU Lax Star Nominated

(above) DU alum Mark Matthews was featured on the cover of the October, 2011 issue of Inside Lacrosse Magazine
Inside Lacrosse Magazine featuring DU star Mark Matthews on the cover has been named a finalist in the “Best Full Issue: Consumer Sports” category of the prestigious Folio Eddie Awards, given out annually to the best in the magazine publishing industry.

IL’s October, 2011 issue is one of three finalists, alongside Field and Stream and Canoe and Kayak magazines.

Denver’s Mark Matthews appeared on the cover (photo by Martin Allinson, design by Art Director Matt Cain) of that October, 2011 issue, and the magazine included feature stories on Matthews (by Damian Andrew), the rise of Canadians in NCAA lacrosse (Casey Vock), a fallball package (IL staff), MLL survey and recap (Terry Foy and Kyle Devitte) and a recap of Ryan Rabidou’s trip to Cuba to help spread lacrosse to the Communist country.

Monday, September 17, 2012

News & Notes From Around PioNation

(above) Bluechip DU recruit Dylan Gambrell will play in the USHL a year early
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Former DU Captain Ryan Caldwell's father, Bob, has been named as an assistant coach on the Western Michigan University hockey staff. Bob Caldwell coached at various levels of hockey and has been recognized by Hockey Canada for his leadership in coaching development programs.  Western Michigan will face DU several times each season in the NCHC starting next season.
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The Colorado Springs Business Journal has an article detailing the revenue created by the Colorado College hockey program.  Many of the figures discussed would be similar or in the ballpark of what DU's hockey program generates.
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While the NHL strike lingers on, several former DU players have been sent down to the AHL to develop while the two sides negotiate a settlement.  Jason Zucker was among a group of players sent to the AHL Houston Aeros.
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2013 Recruiting Class 
F Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL)
F Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL)
F Landon Smith (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Connor Chatham (Omaha, USHL)
F Ray Pigozzi (Chicago, USHL)
D Will Butcher (U.S. Under-18)
F Cody DePourcq (Penticton, BCHL)
F Trevor Moore (Tri-Cities, USHL)

2014 Recruiting Class 
F Jared Fiegl (U.S. Under-17)
D Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-18)
F Dylan Gambrell (Dubuque, USHL)
F Garrett Gamez (Tri-Cities, USHL)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bad Boyz: UND Players In Mid-Season Form

Its been another busy offseason for our college hockey Bad Boyz. Not wanting to be left out, two North Dakota hockey players were cited by police in August

Freshman defenseman Dan Senkbeil, who was cited for a minor in posession and for failure to halt on Aug. 31. He was suspended from all team activities for two weeks. Senkbeil received his minor one week before turning 21 years old. 

Freshman forward Michael Parks was cited for a minor in posession and his punishment is being handled internally. Parks is 20 years of age.

North Dakota Hockey Players Rap Sheet
August, 2005 - UND Captain Matt Greene arrested for DUI
July, 2006
- Robbie Bina Arrested For DUI
September, 2006 - Joe Finley arrested for "Loud Party"
November, 2006 - Jonathan Toews charged with "minor in consumption and noisy party gathering"
February, 2007 - Toews, T.J. Oshie & Bina arrested at Judy's Tavern
February, 2007- Grand Forks Police Chief Packett addresses team
April, 2007 - Toews & Oshie plead guilty
May, 2007 - Finley ordered to pay fine & perform community service
December, 2007 - Oshie arrested again, this time for disorderly conduct allegedly after peeing in an elevator
July, 2009 - Finley & Matt Frattin arrested for disorderly conduct, fleeing from police and giving false information
August, 2009 - Frattin arrested again. This time its DUI
September, 2010 - Danny Kristo cited by police for underage drinking

August 2012 - Dan Senkbeil cited for underage drinking & running from cops
August 2012 - Michael Parks cited for underage drinking

LetsGoDU's Bad Boyz Of The Year
2011-12 - Boston University Hockey Team
2010-11 - Stop Sign Bandit, St. Cloud State
2010  -     Lifetime Achievement Award - UND Hockey Program
2009-10 - Lawn Mower Tossing & Running From Cops, North Dakota
2008-09 - Hockey Team Fights Football Team, Michigan State
2007-08 - Threesome Recruiting Visit, Colorado College
2006-07 - Casino Brothers, Nebraska-Omaha
2005-06 - John Scott, Michigan Tech

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DU Hockey To Appear On NBC Sports Network

The University of Denver will appear on NBC Sports Network three times this season.  All three games will be at Magness Arena.

Nov. 30 Wisconsin at #8 Denver 8 PM MT

Jan. 11 Nebraska-Omaha at #8 Denver 8 PM MT

Feb. 22 #6 North Dakota at #8 Denver 8 PM MT

Root Sports Announces DU Hockey TV Schedule

ROOT SPORTS™ announced today that it will broadcast six regular season University of Denver hockey games, six men’s basketball games and one women’s basketball game this season. This marks the 12th consecutive year, and 19th season overall, the network has been the official television partner of the Pioneers.

ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC.  

2012-13 University of Denver Hockey Telecast Schedule
All times listed are Mountain and subject to change

Sat., Nov. 17 -  Colorado College 7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 29 - Boston University 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 4 - Cornell 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 - Nebraska Omaha 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 8 -  Colorado College 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 - North Dakota 7 p.m.

2012-13 University of Denver Basketball Broadcast Schedule
All times listed are Mountain and subject to change
 
Fri., Nov. 16 - Cal 6 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 21 - Colorado State 7 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 11 - Colorado (Women) 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 19 - Utah State 4:30 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 7 - Seattle 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 - Idaho 4 p.m.
Sat., March 9 - Louisiana Tech 5 p.m.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Boston Bad Boyz Part II: Sex In The Penalty Box

by Mary Carmichael

When Boston University released its report Wednesday on hockey players’ “culture of sexual entitlement,” it kept most of the investigation details — including accounts of sexual debauchery and wide-ranging allegations of academic trouble — confined to confidential subcommittee reports.

Here are the highlights:
At a 2009 NCAA championship party at Agganis Arena dozens of guests drank from kegs in the locker room showers and took to the ice naked to shoot pucks.  At the same party people were having sex in the penalty box.

One player told the task force, “You don’t ask [permission for sex] when you are drunk,” adding that he did not see how the actions of the two players charged last year constituted sexual assault.

A BU student told of Facebook postings, “in which hockey players boast about their sexual exploits,” referring to conquests as “kills.”

The subcommittee findings also noted that some BU hockey players have SAT scores “far below the vast majority of their classmates.”

Faculty members gave the task force mixed assessments of hockey players as students. One professor described them as “respectful, prepared, and active.” But another told of six players who intimidated classmates, answered their cellphones mid-lecture, and “tried to ‘hijack’ his course,” the report says. The professor told the leader of the group to shape up; instead, all six players dropped the class.

Parker & his coaching staff were essentially given carte blanche for overseeing the team’s behavior. One team member said Parker “cares too much about hurting the important players’ feelings. . . . He’ll criticize, then apologize.”

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bad Boyz: Culture Of Sexual Entitlement At BU

(above) A Boston University task force called out the school's hockey program for a “culture of sexual entitlement” that exists among the players
From: Boston.com
by Peter Schworm

A Boston University task force has concluded that the men’s hockey team is detached from the general campus and that a “culture of sexual entitlement” exists among some players, a mindset college officials say contributed to two alleged sexual assaults on campus during the past season.

“Our assessment has shown that a culture of sexual entitlement exists among some players on the men’s ice hockey team, stemming in part from their elevated social status on campus,” stated the 11-page report, which was released today. 

University officials said the culture is marked by heavy alcohol use and casual sexual encounters, and called for a range of reforms to tighten oversight of the team and bring it more into the fold of campus life [read entire article].

Twitter: Here Come The Gophers


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

5th Annual Pep Rally Promotes DU Sports

(above) Photos from DU's 5th Annual Pep Rally

From: DU Athletics Website

The University of Denver Athletics Department hosted the 5th annual Pioneer Pep Rally on Sunday evening at Magness Arena. All first-year and transfer students and their parents were invited to the festivities. 

The event was kicked off by DU student-athletes welcoming the students. Women's soccer head coach Jeff Hooker and women's basketball head coach Kerry Cremeans addressed the students as well.