Denver Post: DU & UND Locked In NHL Arms Race

(above) DU Alum Drew Shore had two assists last night for the NHL Florida Panthers
From: Denver Post
by Mike Chambers

The recent spike in former University of Denver hockey players making it to the NHL has put another competitive spin on the Pioneers' rivalry with North Dakota.

Combined, DU and North Dakota have 18 alumni collecting NHL paychecks this season, a massive number when you consider both schools are mid-majors, with an undergraduate enrollment less than 12,000.

"It's a big reason guys go to one of these two programs," said DU freshman Nolan Zajac, brother of former North Dakota forward Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils. "Everyone wants to go to the next level, and guys from Denver and North Dakota do that often" [read entire article].


Twister said...

Big challenge for DU this weekend. Expecting a tough physical series. DU's d-men will need to move the puck quickly, be physical in their own zone, and make smart decisions. Offensivley, I think the forwards need to establish a strong forecheck and crash the net. Make the UND goalie make tough saves. And stay out of the box as much as possible.

Since the 9-1 start DU is 6-8-5, barely treading water. Only 6 games left in the regular season--the time is now for DU to start building momentum towards the postseason. Not much room for error.

SiouxAlum01 said...

Good luck this weekend. Always a great series.