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 David Carle
1st season
Captain Colin Staub
Alternate captain(s) Jarid Lukosevicius
Tyson McLellan
Ian Mitchell
Arena Magness Arena
Capacity: 6,315[1]
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Denver, Colorado
Colors Crimson and Gold
         
NCAA Tournament championships
1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004, 2005, 2017
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1986, 2004, 2005, 2016, 2017
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, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference Tournament championships
1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2014, 2018
Conference regular season championships
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, 2016–17
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 are tied with North Dakota for second in all-time NCAA National Hockey Championships with eight (1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004, 2005, 2017) trailing only Michigan with nine. 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). About 75 Pioneers have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including Keith Magnuson, Kevin Dineen, Matt Carle (2006 Hobey Baker Award winner), Paul Stastny and Will Butcher (2017 Hobey Baker Award winner).

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 played at least four times a 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.

Head coaches[edit]

David Carle is the current head coach of Denver hockey, hired in May of 2018.

Jim Montgomery was the eighth head coach in the Pioneers' history, hired on April 15, 2013.[2][3] On June 28, 2016, his contract was renewed by the University of Denver.[4]

Montgomery was hired to be the head caoch of the Dallas Stars of the NHL after the 2017–18 season.[5]

Coaching records[edit]

Coach Years Wins Losses Ties
Vern Turner 1949–1951 15 24 1
Neil Celley 1951–1956 82 43 6
Murray Armstrong* 1956–1977 463 215 31
Marshall Johnston 1977–1981 89 63 7
Ralph Backstrom 1981–1990 182 174 14
Frank Serratore 1990–1994 49 92 9
George Gwozdecky 1994–2013 311 195 40
Jim Montgomery 2013–2018 102 47 18

Notes:

  • * Armstrong ranks 18th all-time in NCAA Division I wins

Current roster[edit]

As of July 23, 2018.[6]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 California Devin Cooley Sophomore G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1997-05-25 Los Gatos, California Wenatchee (BCHL)
2 Illinois Erich Fear Junior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1997-05-08 Winnetka, Illinois Springfield (NAHL)
3 Alberta Sean Comrie Freshman D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 2000-01-30 Edmonton, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL)
4 British Columbia Griffin Mendel Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1999-02-18 Kelowna, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL)
5 Michigan Lester Lancaster Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1995-02-06 Ypsilanti, Michigan Mercyhurst (AHA)
6 California Ryan Orgel Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-02-15 Los Angeles, California Lone Star (NAHL)
7 British Columbia Brett Stapley Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-02-23 Campbell River, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL) MTL, 190th overall 2018
8 Colorado Jared Resseguie Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1998-07-04 Arvada, Colorado Bismarck (NAHL)
9 California Tyson McLellan (A) Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 164 lb (74 kg) 1996-02-17 San Jose, California Madison (USHL)
10 Finland Jaakko Heikkinen Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1997-03-17 Helsinki, Finland Jokerit U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga)
11 British Columbia Tyler Ward Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-08-19 Kamloops, British Columbia Tri-City (USHL)
12 British Columbia Kohen Olischefski Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1998-02-01 Abbotsford, British Columbia Chilliwack (BCHL)
13 British Columbia Liam Finlay Junior F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 148 lb (67 kg) 1997-02-18 Kelowna, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
14 British Columbia Jarid Lukosevicius (A) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 199 lb (90 kg) 1995-02-05 Squamish, British Columbia Powell River (BCHL)
15 Alberta Ian Mitchell (A) Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-01-18 Calahoo, Alberta Spruce Grove (AJHL) CHI, 57th overall 2017
16 California Jake Durflinger Sophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-10-06 Walnut Creek, California Bloomington (USHL)
17 California Slava Demin Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 2000-04-04 Cypress, California Wenatchee (BCHL) VGK, 99th overall 2018
18 Alberta Ryan Barrow Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 173 lb (78 kg) 1997-02-15 Banff, Alberta Langley (BCHL)
19 California Cole Guttman Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 169 lb (77 kg) 1999-04-06 Los Angeles, California Dubuque (USHL) TBL, 180th overall 2017
20 Norway Mathias Emilio Pettersen Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 2000-04-03 Manglerud, Norway Muskegon (USHL) CGY, 167th overall 2018
21 Missouri Michael Davies Junior D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 166 lb (75 kg) 1997-01-26 St. Louis, Missouri Waterloo (USHL)
24 Colorado Colin Staub (C) Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 192 lb (87 kg) 1996-03-26 Colorado Springs, Colorado Wichita Falls (NAHL)
26 Colorado Jack Doremus Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1997-04-15 Aspen, Colorado Lincoln (USHL)
27 California Kyle Mayhew Freshman D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1997-12-25 Anaheim Hills, California Fairbanks (NAHL)
30 Sweden Filip Larsson Freshman G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1998-08-17 Stockholm, Sweden Tri-City (USHL) DET, 167th overall 2016
31 Illinois Michael Corson Freshman G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-04-22 Darien, Illinois Cowichan Valley (BCHL)

NHL alumni[edit]

Retired NHL players[edit]

Note: This is a partial list of NHL players who attended DU (75 DU players have played in the NHL)

Forwards/Defensemen
Name Seasons GP G A P PIM
Bruce Affleck 7 280 14 66 80 86
Glenn Anderson 16 1,129 498 601 1,099 1,120
Erik Andersson 1 12 2 1 3 134
Ed Beers 5 250 94 116 210 256
Matt Carle 12 704 44 231 275 245
Mike Christie 7 412 15 101 116 550
Kevin Dineen 19 1,188 355 405 760 2,229
Marshall Johnston 7 251 14 52 66 58
Cliff Koroll 11 814 208 254 462 376
Antti Laaksonen 8 483 81 87 168 152
Keith Magnuson 11 589 14 125 139 1,442
Peter McNab 14 954 363 450 813 179
Bill Masterton1 1 38 4 8 12 4
Craig Patrick2 9 401 72 91 163 61
Rich Preston 8 580 127 164 291 348
Craig Redmond 5 191 16 68 84 134
Mark Rycroft 4 226 21 25 46 113
Vic Venasky 7 430 61 101 162 66

Notes:

  • 1 Masterton suffered a head trauma on January 13, 1968, during an NHL game when he fell to the ice and hit his head. He died two days later, and became 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 ice hockey.
  • 2 Patrick was the general manager of the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup champions Pittsburgh Penguins.
Goalies
Name Seasons GP Min W L T OT GAA
Ron Grahame 5 114 6,472 50 43 15 0 3.79
Pete LoPresti 6 175 9,858 43 102 20 0 4.07

Active players[edit]

Active as of the end of the 2017–18 season[7]

Forwards/Defensemen
Name Seasons GP G A P +/– PIM
Paul Stastny 12 824 220 426 646 19 384
Tyler Bozak 9 594 136 229 365 −78 182
Joe Colborne 7 295 42 72 114 −38 144
Chris Butler 7 394 13 71 84 −30 187
Jason Zucker 7 330 97 75 172 33 124
Patrick Wiercioch 6 268 16 58 74 -5 138
Scott Mayfield 5 83 5 17 22 -14 98
Henrik Borgstrom 1 4 1 0 1 -1 0
Troy Terry 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Beau Bennett 6 200 24 40 64 -2 52
Blake Hillman 1 4 1 0 1 -1 0
Will Butcher 1 81 5 39 44 1 8
Nick Shore 4 236 15 38 53 -15 78
Danton Heinen 2 85 16 31 47 7 18
Dylan Gambrell 1 3 0 0 0 -1 0

Arenas[edit]

University of Denver Arena (1948–1997)[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]

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.

Magness Arena looking northwest
Magness arena looking north/northeast
Game between the Denver Pioneers and Colorado College Tigers (Magness Arena – December 2016)
The Ritchie Center is home to many DU Pioneers athletics programs

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ritchiecenterevents.du.edu/venues/magness-arena/
  2. ^ "Jim Montgomery Named Denver Hockey Head Coach". denverpioneers.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ Chambers, Mike (April 15, 2013). "New DU Pioneers hockey coach Jim Montgomery takes 'the job I wanted'". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ Chambers, Mike (June 28, 2016). "Jim Montgomery agrees to new contract as Denver Pioneers hockey coach". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ "JIM MONTGOMERY NAMED HEAD COACH OF DALLAS STARS". University of Denver. May 4, 2018. 
  6. ^ "2018–19 Men's Ice Hockey Roster". Denver University. Retrieved July 3, 2018. 
  7. ^ "2017-2018 Alums In The NHL". collegehockeyinc.com. 

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