Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey


Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey
Denver Pioneers men's ice hockey
Denver University Pioneers Logo.svg
University University of Denver
Conference WCHA
Head coach George Gwozdecky
17th year, 398–239–55
Captain(s) Dustin Jackson, Drew Shore
Arena Magness Arena
Capacity: 6,026
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
Conference Tournament Champions
1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008
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

The University of Denver Men's Hockey Program has been playing NCAA Division I hockey since 1949. Pioneer Hockey is one of the most successful hockey programs in the history of collegiate hockey. 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). The Pioneers have placed numerous players into the National Hockey League, including Chicago Black Hawks great Keith Magnuson, NHL journeyman Kevin Dineen, and recent phenoms Matt Carle (2006 Hobey Baker Award winner) of the Philadelphia Flyers and Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche.

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DU/CC Rivalry

Of all the rivals that the Denver Pioneer's hockey program play against the most intense rivalry is that from the neighboring college of the Colorado College Tigers men's ice hockey. Since DU's hockey program started in 1949 the two schools have always met during the hockey season. In the 1993-04 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. It is widely considered to be the most heated rivalry in college hockey.

Current head coach

George Gwozdecky [1]

  • The only coach in NCAA history to win a hockey national title as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
  • Gwozdecky-coached teams have reached the NCAA Tournament (including the 1992-93 Miami team) in seven of the last 15 years.
  • Captured ten Denver Cup titles
  • Gwozdecky holds a 461-319-61 (.580) record in 21 seasons as a Head Coach.
  • Gwozdecky sports a 394-289-59 (.566) record coaching Division I programs over 18 seasons
  • Gwozdecky has won two Spencer Penrose Awards as the National Coach of the Year.

Coaching records

Coach Years Wins Losses Ties
Murray Armstrong* 1956 to 1977 463 215 31
George Gwozdecky 1994 to Present 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
Vern Turner 1949 to 1951 15 24 1

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

Current Roster

As of August 28, 2011. [2]

Goaltenders
# State Player Catches Year Hometown Previous Team
1 Alberta Sam Brittain L Sophomore Calgary, Alberta Canmore (AJHL)
30 Illinois Zack Hope L Junior Barrington Hills, Illinois Hill (USHS-PA)
31 Finland Juho Olkinuora L Freshman Helsinki, Finland Sioux Falls (USHL)
33 Alaska Adam Murray L Junior Anchorage, Alaska US NTDP (USHL)
Defensemen
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
2 Missouri Scott Mayfield R Freshman St. Louis, Missouri Youngstown (USHL)
4 Colorado Josiah Didier R Freshman Littleton, Colorado Cedar Rapids (USHL)
5 Minnesota John Lee R Senior Moorhead, Minnesota Waterloo (USHL)
7 Illinois Paul Phillips L Junior Darien, Illinois Cedar Rapids (USHL)
10 Missouri David Makowski R Sophomore Wildwood, Missouri Green Bay (USHL)
20 California Wade Bennett R Freshman Gardena, California Wichita Falls (NAHL)
21 British Columbia Joey LaLeggia L Freshman Burnaby, British Columbia Penticton (BCHL)
24 Colorado John Ryder L Senior Colorado Springs, Colorado Ohio (USHL)
Forwards
# State Player Shoots Year Hometown Previous Team
8 Nebraska Dustin Jackson R Senior (RS) Omaha, Nebraska Southern Minnesota (NAHL)
9 California Beau Bennett R Sophomore Gardena, California Penticton (BCHL)
11 Colorado Chris Knowlton R Junior Colorado Springs, Colorado Des Moines (USHL)
12 Pennsylvania Ty Loney R Freshman Valencia, Pennsylvania Youngstown (USHL)
14 Iowa Larkin Jacobson L Freshman Sioux City, Iowa Janesville (NAHL)
15 Colorado Drew Shore R Junior Denver, Colorado US NTDP (USHL)
16 Arizona Zac Larraza L Freshman Scottsdale, Arizona US NTDP (USHL)
17 Nevada Jason Zucker L Sophomore Las Vegas, Nevada US NTDP (USHL)
18 Colorado Luke Salazar R Senior Thornton, Colorado Wichita Falls (NAHL)
19 Colorado Daniel Doremus R Freshman Aspen, Colorado Sioux Falls (USHL)
22 Illinois Jarrod Mermis L Sophomore Alton, Illinois Lincoln (USHL)
23 Colorado Nick Shore R Sophomore Denver, Colorado US NTDP (USHL)
25 Colorado Matt Tabrum R Freshman Colorado Springs, Colorado Omaha (USHL)
26 Alberta Shawn Ostrow R Junior Calgary, Alberta Camrose (AJHL)
27 Wisconsin Dan Olszewski R Sophomore Janesville, Wisconsin St. Louis (NAHL)
37 Iowa Nate Dewhurst R Senior Johnston, Iowa Des Moines (USHL)


NHL alumni

Retired players

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 1 38 4 8 12 (4) 4
Peter McNab Buffalo/Boston/Vancouver/NewJersey 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/California Seals 7 251 14 52 66 (73) 58
Rich Preston Chicago/New Jersey 8 580 127 164 291 (35) 348
Ed Beers Calgary/St. Louis 6 250 94 116 210 19 256
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/Kings/Quebec 5 114 6,472 50 43 15 0 3.79
Pete LoPresti Minnesota/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

  • as of 12/19/07
Forwards/Defensemen
Name Team Seasons Games Played Goals Assists Points +/- PIM
Matt Pettinger Washington/Vancouver/Tampa Bay 7 311 52 45 97 (40) 163
Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche 2 116 43 76 119 18 58
Matt Carle San Jose/Tampa Bay/Philadelphia 3 115 15 39 54 1 52
Antti Laaksonen Boston/Minnesota/Colorado 7 483 81 87 168 (11) 152
Mark Rycroft St. Louis/Colorado 4 226 21 25 46 (9) 113
Goalies
Name Team Seasons Games Played MINS W L T OT GAA SV %
Wade Dubielewicz New York Islanders 4 21 971 8 6 1 0 2.78 .907
Peter "the stud" Mannino Atlanta Thrashers 2 3 133 1 1 0 0 4.51 .885

Arenas

DU Arena (1948–1997)

University of Denver Arena was a 5,200-seat multi-purpose arena in Denver, Colorado. It was home to the University of Denver Pioneers ice hockey team. It also 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 trussess were added to shore up the roof. Additional patchwork renovations were added in the 1990s, prior to razing the building 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)

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

Battle for the Gold Pan

References

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