Veteran Hockey Team Adds Defensive Depth & Firepower
With a solid remaining cast, Monty added five forwards and two defenseman, all with substantial experience and track records of on-ice success to rebuild last year's deep line combinations.
The new forwards are Troy Terry, Collin Staub, Logan O'Connor, Dylan Gambrell, and Jarid Lukosevicius. Staub and Terry are Colorado natives . Staub is from the Springs and made the smart move, post his NAHL stint, to head north up I-25 to DU. Terry, from Denver, played on the USNTDP U18 team and grew up watching and cheering for the Pioneers. Both players know how to find the net.
Defenseman Blake Hillman played for Dubuque and Sean Mostrom played for the USHL's Fargo Force. One challenge for these two newcomers and returning Pioneer defenders will be replacing the two-way skills and scoring punch of LaLeggia. They will be expected to skate and handle the puck on the Pio's non-stop, up-tempo style or contribute on DU's vaunted 'mash line'. The Montgomery approach demands high production from all four lines with DU's third and fourth lines expected to do more than chew up time until the first and second units hit the ice.
Can DU continue their regular season 20 win streak this season? What is your expectation for the Pioneer finish in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC)? Can the Pioneers crack the elite ranks and make it to the Frozen Four?
DU's schedule for 2015-2016