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
4th year, 74–42–14 (.623)
Captain Will Butcher
Alternate captain(s) Matt VanVoorhis
Matt Marcinew
Evan Janssen
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, 2016
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
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, 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 rank third in all-time NCAA National Hockey Championships with seven (1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004, 2005) after Michigan and North Dakota with nine and eight championships, respectively. 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) 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
Jim Montgomery 2013 to Present 69 40 14
Frank Serratore 1990 to 1994 49 92 9
Vern Turner 1949 to 1951 15 24 1

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

Current roster[edit]

As of January 11, 2017.[2]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
2 Illinois Fear, ErichErich Fear Freshman D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1997-05-08 Winnetka, Illinois Springfield (NAHL)
3 Alberta Hammond, TariqTariq Hammond Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1993-12-05 Calgary, Alberta Okotoks (AJHL)
4 Wisconsin Butcher, WillWill Butcher (C) Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-01-06 Sun Prairie, Wisconsin USNTDP (USHL) COL, 123rd overall 2013
5 Finland Borgström, HenrikHenrik Borgström Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-08-06 Helsinki, Finland HIFK U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga) FLA, 23rd overall 2016
6 Minnesota VanVoorhis, MattMatt VanVoorhis (A) Senior D 5' 7" (1.7 m) 178 lb (81 kg) 1993-01-19 Edina, Minnesota Sioux Falls (USHL)
7 Washington (state) Gambrell, DylanDylan Gambrell Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 1996-08-26 Bonney Lake, Washington Dubuque (USHL) SJS, 60th overall 2016
9 California McLellan, TysonTyson McLellan Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1996-02-17 San Jose, California Madison (USHL)
10 Wisconsin Conley, KevinKevin Conley Freshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-02-17 Wausau, Wisconsin Youngstown (USHL)
13 British Columbia Finlay, LiamLiam Finlay Freshman F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1997-02-18 Kelowna, British Columbia Vernon (BCHL)
14 British Columbia Lukosevicius, JaridJarid Lukosevicius Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995-02-05 Squamish, British Columbia Powell River (BCHL)
15 Colorado Ritt, EvanEvan Ritt Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-01-20 Lakewood, Colorado Jersey (USPHL)
17 Colorado Junda, RudyRudy Junda Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1993-02-13 Denver, Colorado Wichita Falls (NAHL)
18 Austria Romig, EmilEmil Romig Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992-09-19 Vienna, Austria Corpus Christi (NAHL)
19 Colorado Terry, TroyTroy Terry Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-09-10 Denver, Colorado USNTDP (USHL) ANA, 148th overall 2015
21 Missouri Davies, MichaelMichael Davies Freshman D 5' 8" (1.73 m) 164 lb (74 kg) 1997-01-26 St. Louis, Missouri Waterloo (USHL)
22 Alberta O'Connor, LoganLogan O'Connor Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-08-14 Calgary, Alberta Sioux Falls (USHL)
23 Alberta Marcinew, MattMatt Marcinew (A) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-10-07 Calgary, Alberta Olds (AJHL)
24 Colorado Staub, ColinColin Staub Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-03-26 Colorado Springs, Colorado Wichita Falls (NAHL)
25 Minnesota Hillman, BlakeBlake Hillman Sophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1996-01-26 Elk River, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL) CHI, 173rd overall 2016
26 Wisconsin Janssen, EvanEvan Janssen (A) Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1993-03-31 Green Bay, Wisconsin Dubuque (USHL)
27 Minnesota Mostrom, SeanSean Mostrom Sophomore D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994-03-26 Wayzata, Minnesota Fargo (USHL)
28 British Columbia Plant, AdamAdam Plant Junior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1995-05-09 Penticton, British Columbia West Kelowna (BCHL)
29 Colorado Hawkinson, BradBrad Hawkinson Junior (RS) F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1995-09-04 Aurora, Colorado Lincoln (USHL)
30 Illinois Ogard, GregGreg Ogard Senior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1991-06-21 Wilmette, Illinois Bay State (EJHL)
31 Colorado Cowley, EvanEvan Cowley Senior G 6' 5" (1.96 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1995-07-31 Evergreen, Colorado Wichita Falls (NAHL) FLA, 92nd overall 2013
33 Minnesota Munson, PatrickPatrick Munson Sophomore (RS) G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-04-25 Hugo, Minnesota Vermont (HEA)
36 Alberta Jaillet, TannerTanner Jaillet Junior G 5' 11" (1.8 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1993-08-18 Red Deer, Alberta Fort McMurray (AJHL)

NHL alumni[edit]

Retired NHL players[edit]

(Note: This is partial list - 75 DU players have played in the NHL)

Forwards/Defenseman
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 2/26/16
Forwards/Defensemen
Name Team Seasons Games Played Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche/St. Louis Blues 10 656 182 351 533 5 320
Matt Carle San Jose/Tampa Bay/Philadelphia/Tampa Bay 10 704 44 231 275 74 245
Tyler Bozak Toronto Maple Leafs 7 425 105 158 263 (-74) 122
Joe Colborne Boston Bruins/Toronto Maple Leafs/Calgary Flames 6 210 28 56 84 (-12) 102
Chris Butler Buffalo Sabres/Calgary Flames/St. Louis Blues 7 382 13 71 84 (-35) 181
Jason Zucker Minnesota Wild 5 156 41 19 60 (-3) 44
Patrick Wiercioch Ottawa Senators/Colorado Avalanche 5 211 12 50 62 13 115

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]

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

See also[edit]

Battle for the Gold Pan

References[edit]

  1. ^ George Gwozdecky - Denver Pioneers Official Athletics Site
  2. ^ "2016–17 Roster". Denver University. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 

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