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].