Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey

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Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey
Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey athletic logo

University University of Denver
Conference NCHC
Head coach Jim Montgomery
1st year, 20–16–6
Captain(s) Grant Arnold (C), Josiah Didier (A), Daniel Doremus (A), Joey Laleggia (A)
Arena Magness Arena
Capacity: 6,026
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Denver, Colorado
Colors Crimson and Gold

             

NCAA Tournament Champions
1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004, 2005
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1986, 2004, 2005
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1986, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2014
Conference Regular Season Champions
1957–58, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1967–68, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1977–78, 1985–86, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2009-10
Current uniform
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The Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)Division I college ice hockey program that represents the University of Denver. The Pioneers are a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). They play at Magness Arena in Denver, Colorado. The Pioneers rank (with the University of North Dakota) second in all-time NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championships with 7. Only the University of Michigan (9) has more Championships. Since the creation of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1959, the Pioneers have won 9 WCHA Regular Season Championships (now the recipients of the MacNaughton Cup) and 14 WCHA Playoff Championships (now the recipients of the Broadmoor Trophy). Over sixty Pioneers have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including Keith Magnuson, Kevin Dineen, Matt Carle (2006 Hobey Baker Award winner) and Paul Stastny.

Denver/Colorado College rivalry[edit]

Of all the rivals that the Denver Pioneer's hockey program play against the most intense rivalry is that from Colorado College. Since Denver's hockey program started in 1949 the two schools have always met during the hockey season. In the 1993-94 season a gold pan trophy was added as a reward for the winning team thus the rivalry has been dubbed the Battle for the Gold Pan.

Current head coach[edit]

Jim Montgomery [1]

  • Played six seasons in the NHL
  • Montgomery was an assistant coach for Notre Dame for the 2005–2006 season.
  • On April 12, 2010 he was named head coach of the USHL expansion franchise Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Coaching records[edit]

Coach Years Wins Losses Ties
Murray Armstrong* 1956 to 1977 463 215 31
George Gwozdecky 1994 to 2013 311 195 40
Ralph Backstrom 1981 to 1990 182 174 14
Marshall Johnston 1977 to 1981 89 63 7
Neil Celley 1951 to 1956 82 43 6
Frank Serratore 1990 to 1994 49 92 9
Jim Montgomery 2013 to Present 20 16 6
Vern Turner 1949 to 1951 15 24 1

"*Ranks 18th All-Time in NCAA Division I Wins"

Current roster[edit]

As of June 1, 2014.[2]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Michigan Neville, NickNick Neville Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 1993-06-03 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Texas (AJHL)
4 Colorado Didier, JosiahJosiah Didier (A) Senior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1993-04-08 Littleton, Colorado Cedar Rapids (USHL) MON, 97th overall 2011
6 Minnesota VanVoorhis, MattMatt VanVoorhis Sophomore D 5' 7" (1.7 m) 168 lb (76 kg) 1993-01-19 Edina, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)
7 Wisconsin Butcher, WillWill Butcher Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-01-06 Sun Prairie, Wisconsin US NTDP (USHL) COL, 123rd overall 2013
8 California Moore, TrevorTrevor Moore Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Thousand Oaks, California Tri-City (USHL)
9 California Levin, GabeGabe Levin Junior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1991-12-15 Marina del Rey, California Fairbanks (NAHL)
11 Manitoba Zajac, NolanNolan Zajac Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-08-01 Winnipeg, Manitoba Omaha (USHL)
12 Pennsylvania Loney, TyTy Loney Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1992-03-01 Valencia, Pennsylvania Youngstown (USHL)
14 Iowa Jacobson, LarkinLarkin Jacobson Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1991-07-30 Sioux City, Iowa Janesville (NAHL)
16 Arizona Larraza, ZacZac Larraza Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993-02-25 Scottsdale, Arizona US NTDP (USHL) PHO, 196th overall 2011
17 Wisconsin Allen, GarrettGarrett Allen Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1992-03-07 Delafield, Wisconsin Des Moines (USHL)
18 Austria Romig, EmilEmil Romig Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1992-09-19 Vienna, Austria Corpus Christi (NAHL)
19 Colorado Doremus, DanielDaniel Doremus (A) Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991-10-22 Aspen, Colorado Sioux Falls (USHL)
21 British Columbia LaLeggia, JoeyJoey LaLeggia (A) Senior D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-06-24 Burnaby, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL) EDM, 123rd overall 2012
23 Alberta Marcinew, MattMatt Marcinew Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 177 lb (80 kg) 1993-10-07 Calgary, Alberta Olds (AJHL)
24 Colorado Ritt, EvanEvan Ritt Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1993-01-20 Lakewood, Colorado New Jersey (USPHL)
25 Colorado Tabrum, MattMatt Tabrum Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991-01-13 Colorado Springs, Colorado Omaha (USHL)
26 Wisconsin Janssen, EvanEvan Janssen Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-03-31 Green Bay, Wisconsin Dubuque (USHL)
27 Colorado Shore, QuentinQuentin Shore Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-05-25 Denver, Colorado US NTDP (USHL) OTT, 168 overall 2013
29 Colorado Hawkinson, BradBrad Hawkinson Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-09-04 Aurora, Colorado Lincoln (USHL)
30 Illinois Ogard, GregGreg Ogard Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991-06-21 Wilmette, Illinois Bay State (EJHL)
31 Colorado Cowley, EvanEvan Cowley Sophomore G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-07-31 Evergreen, Colorado Wichita Falls (NAHL) FLA, 92nd overall 2013
39 Colorado Arnold, GrantGrant Arnold (C) Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1991-05-08 Centennial, Colorado Green Bay (USHL)

NHL alumni[edit]

Retired NHL players[edit]

(Note: This is partial list - over 60 DU players have played in the NHL)

Forwards/Defenseman
Name Team Seasons GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Keith Magnuson Chicago Blackhawks 10 589 14 125 139 170 1442
Cliff Koroll Chicago Blackhawks 11 814 208 254 462 109 376
Bill Masterton* Minnesota North Stars 1 38 4 8 12 (4) 4
Peter McNab Buffalo/Boston/Vancouver/New Jersey 15 954 363 450 813 130 179
Kevin Dineen Hartford/Philadelphia/Carolina/Columbus 21 1188 355 405 760 (23) 2229
Vic Venasky Los Angeles Kings 7 430 61 101 162 (17) 66
Glenn Anderson Edmonton/Toronto/NY Rangers/St. Louis 18 1,129 498 601 1,099 201 1,120
Mike Christie California Seals/CO Rockies/Cleveland/Vancouver 9 412 15 101 116 (97) 550
Marshall Johnston Minnesota North Stars/California Seals 7 251 14 52 66 (73) 58
Antti Laaksonen Boston/Minnesota/Colorado 8 483 81 87 168 (-9) 152
Rich Preston Chicago/New Jersey 8 580 127 164 291 (35) 348
Ed Beers Calgary/St. Louis 6 250 94 116 210 19 256
Mark Rycroft St. Louis/Colorado 4 226 21 25 46 (-9) 113
Bruce Affleck St. Louis/Vancouver 7 280 14 66 80 (82) 86
Craig Patrick* Washington/California Seals 9 401 72 91 163 (131) 61
Craig Redmond Los Angeles/Edmonton 5 191 16 68 84 (57) 134
Erik Andersson Calgary 1 12 2 1 3 (8) 134
Goalies
Name Team Seasons GP Min W L T OT GAA
Ron Grahame Boston/LA Kings/Quebec 5 114 6,472 50 43 15 0 3.79
Pete LoPresti Minnesota North Stars/Edmonton 6 175 9858 43 102 20 0 4.07
  • Bill Masterton, on January 13, 1968, fell to the ice, hitting his head. He died two days later of massive head injuries, becoming the first player to die as a direct result of an injury during an NHL game. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who best personifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game of hockey
  • Craig Patrick was the GM of 1991 & 1992 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins

Active players[edit]

  • as of 3/30/14
Forwards/Defensemen
Name Team Seasons Games Played Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche 8 530 156 294 450 7 264
Matt Carle San Jose/Tampa Bay/Philadelphia/Tampa Bay 9 593 39 215 254 71 195
Tyler Bozak Toronto Maple Leafs 5 290 70 109 179 (-38) 60
Joe Colborne Toronto Maple Leafs/Calgary Flames 4 88 11 20 31 (-13) 40
Chris Butler Buffalo Sabres/Calgary Flames 6 341 10 64 74 (-35) 156
Jason Zucker Minnesota Wild 3 47 8 4 12 4 12

Arenas[edit]

University of Denver Arena (1948–97)[edit]

University of Denver Arena (DU Arena) was a 5,237-seat multi-purpose arena in Denver. In addition to serving as the Pioneers' home rink, it hosted several Frozen Fours. It was razed in 1997 to make room for the $75 million Magness Arena, (part of the Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness) which opened in 1999.

Originally a Naval Drill Hall built during World War II in Farragut, Idaho, the DU Arena was donated to the University after the war and reassembled on the Denver campus in 1948–49 to house the University's then-new ice hockey program. The arena was refurbished in 1972–73 when the roof needed repairs, and 14 seven-ton steel trusses were added to shore up the roof. Additional patchwork renovations were added in the 1990s, prior to razing in 1997.

The best known features of the arena were the steep bleacher balcony at the south end, and the 1970s rainbow painted on the north end wall. Famous hockey games held there include the NCAA ice hockey finals in 1961, 1964 and 1976.

Magness Arena (1999–present)[edit]

The Ritchie Center

Magness Arena is a 7,200-seat multi-purpose collegiate sports arena in Denver, Colorado. It was built in 2000 as part of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness, a $75 million, 400,000-square-foot (37,000 m2) sports complex at the University of Denver. It is home to the University of Denver Pioneers ice hockey and basketball teams. The Ritchie Center replaced the former DU Arena and DU Fieldhouse, which were razed in 1997 to make way for the Ritchie Center. The basketball team also plays smaller games at Hamilton Gymnasium, located in the Ritchie Center.

The arena is named after cable television pioneer Bob Magness, who donated $10 million towards construction costs.

See also[edit]

Battle for the Gold Pan

References[edit]

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