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Old Pio
05-10-2012, 06:00 PM
Former DU skater, Glenn Anderson, was on the Rangers chat between the 2nd and 3rd periods.

IIRC, in what would have been his senior year at DU he scored 100 points on the Gretzky line. You could make a strong case that Glenn Anderson is the best player we've ever had. What a career. 498 NHL goals! And not a bad freshman year for the Pioneers, either. 26 29 55.

thedunker
05-10-2012, 10:29 PM
Trottier said GA was fastest player in the league while in control of the puck. The same could have probably been said of Jason Zucker on the college level.

FYI DU Supporters- New DU bookstore management, Follett, is bringing in some nice tees and sweats.

Old Pio
05-11-2012, 10:10 PM
Trottier said GA was fastest player in the league while in control of the puck. The same could have probably been said of Jason Zucker on the college level.

FYI DU Supporters- New DU bookstore management, Follett, is bringing in some nice tees and sweats.

Will any of the items be crimson and gold? I guess Bobby Hull was out of the league by then. Bobby was timed, skating with the puck, at nearly 30mph. If Glenn was in that range, he was truly a rocket.

vizoroo
05-12-2012, 06:42 PM
Derek LaLonde is coaching the Green Bay Gamblers in the Clark Cup finals in the USHL.
http://www.ushl.com/news.php?action=detail&news_id=989#

(Now it's time for Lacrosse)

Dmann
05-13-2012, 05:35 AM
Found out via reader comments & newspaper confirmation that Van Voorhis & Pham will come to DU in 2013.

That means that things might be very interesting on the recruiting front this summer...

DU graduated 5 players [Goal Czar, Dewhurst, Jackson, Lee & Ryder].

3 players left early [D.Shore, Zucker & Bennett]

6 Freshmen are coming in [Mermis, Allen, Zajac, Q.Shore, Arnold & Levin]

Looks to me like DU has two more forwards to bring in. Either they bring in one or two guys from the 2013 recruiting class [Hawkinson and/or Smith] OR they go shopping for late bloomers in Canada, Europe, NAHL, USHL or find someone to change their commitment [a la Wiercioch/LaLeggia]

Should we be concerned? We have lost some major talent here, more than usual. How good are these guys coming in?

vizoroo
05-13-2012, 11:23 AM
Former Pioneers Still Skating

ECHL Kelly Cup finals begin May 14.
Las Vegas Wranglers
Geoff Paukovich


AHL
Conference Final Round

St. Johns Ice Caps
Brock Trotter

Toronto Marlies
Joe Colborne

IIHF World Championship
Paul Stastny
Chris Butler

Stastny with 6 points and winning about 60% of faceoffs. Butler with a goal and an assist against Finland--his first points

vizoroo
05-13-2012, 11:52 AM
Should we be concerned? We have lost some major talent here, more than usual. How good are these guys coming in?

2010--we lost Chevy, Colborne and Weircioch. Just as an aside Hockey Futures reviewed Ottawa's prospects and the telling line--in retrospect Weircioch should have stayed in college for another year. (We Knew that)

Dmann, Ray Piggozi is coming in this year instead of next. Not sure you can expect any recruiting class to come up with the three you mentioned. Of the 3 only Zucker really took off as a freshman. Drew Shore didn't do much as a frosh, but had a huge jump as a soph. Bennett began to get in the groove the last part of his freshman. Somehow I doubt there is a Jason Zucker, rhymes with Booker ;), in the crowd.

Looks like there is room for 1 more and who knows whether Olzewski will be "unsuspended"...which might mean 2.
(He was a WCHA Scholar Athlete so it is doubtful his transgression had anything to do with academics. Rumors, guesses,etc. that it had something to do with "bad behavior" on the Wisconsin trip. As always Gwoz's silence is deafening.)

Does Jussi have any friends who are high scoring forwards? :D

du78
05-14-2012, 01:08 PM
New Pioneers Team Store

http://shoppioneers.com/

Fighting Sioux 23
05-14-2012, 02:11 PM
New Pioneers Team Store

http://shoppioneers.com/

Interesting. I will probably have to get a polo, but I'm not a huge fan of the designs they have at the moment...and no Hockey Jerseys?...what's up with that?

du78
05-14-2012, 03:01 PM
Interesting. I will probably have to get a polo, but I'm not a huge fan of the designs they have at the moment...and no Hockey Jerseys?...what's up with that?

Probably doing a new licensing deal for the hockey jerseys.

BigBossMan
05-14-2012, 03:05 PM
2010--we lost Chevy, Colborne and Weircioch. Just as an aside Hockey Futures reviewed Ottawa's prospects and the telling line--in retrospect Weircioch should have stayed in college for another year. (We Knew that)


Didn't Wiercioch play 8 games in the NHL this season?

Fighting Sioux 23
05-14-2012, 03:12 PM
Didn't Wiercioch play 8 games in the NHL this season?

No. He played 8 games in the NHL in 2010-2011. He played the entire 2011-2012 season in Binghamton.

du78
05-14-2012, 07:52 PM
No. He played 8 games in the NHL in 2010-2011. He played the entire 2011-2012 season in Binghamton.

He missed a good portion of this season with a neck/throat injury when he took a puck directly to the throat. Unfortunately, he has been injury prone since before arriving at DU.

Old Pio
05-15-2012, 01:48 AM
He missed a good portion of this season with a neck/throat injury when he took a puck directly to the throat. Unfortunately, he has been injury prone since before arriving at DU.

He's also been known to fake injuries, too. ;)

vizoroo
05-15-2012, 01:06 PM
From DU's Athletics banquet:
Hockey player Joey LaLeggia (Burnaby, British Columbia) won the Pioneer Sportsman of the Year, which honors the most outstanding male first-year student-athlete. LaLeggia, who helped DU to its fifth-straight NCAA Tournament, was named Hockey Coaches Association National Rookie of the Year after leading all NCAA rookie blueliners in points (38), goals (11) and assists (27).

Redshirt-sophomore Drew Babb (Centennial, Colo.), who missed the last two seasons recovering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, was named the Comeback Player of the Year after starting every game for the Pioneer men's lacrosse team on defense, recording 18 ground balls and causing 10 turnovers. Great story!

Hockey player Dustin Jackson (Omaha, Neb.) and volleyball player Quincey Noonan (Broomfield, Colo.) received strength and conditioning awards. The honors are based on test scores, improvement in strength and conditioning over their careers, and the ability to use strength and conditioning to improve their athletic ability

2011-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Seniors
Patrick Rogers, Men's Lacrosse, 3.92
Kari Storslett, Women's Soccer, 3.96
Juniors
Grant Jampolsky, Men's Skiing, 3.90
Katy Van Lieshout, Women's Soccer, 3.99
Sophomores
Ryan Holly, Men's Swimming, 3.98
Paige Tollefson, Gymnastics, 4.00
Freshmen
Larkin Jacobson, Hockey, 4.00
Caitlin Higgins, Women's Soccer, 3.92

On PioneerVision, Video Feature section, there is a montage of all sports, another of all Seniors and finally from the Hockey Awards presentation--videos of all the award winners. And yes we will miss Drew Shore next year:(

http://denverpioneers.com

dggoddard
05-16-2012, 02:50 PM
Boone hockey jerseys now available.

http://letsgodu.blogspot.com/2012/05/du-parents-spend-15-million-on-tuition.html

du78
05-17-2012, 01:18 PM
David Carle hired by Derek LaLonde in Green Bay as assistant coach. Congrats to David, not a bad first gig after graduating college.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2012/05/17/nhlpegged-defenseman-david-carle-matts-brother-ushl-coaching-job-straight-ot-du/10657/

vizoroo
05-17-2012, 05:32 PM
Trottier said GA was fastest player in the league while in control of the puck. The same could have probably been said of Jason Zucker on the college level.



I guess Bobby Hull was out of the league by then. Bobby was timed, skating with the puck, at nearly 30mph. If Glenn was in that range, he was truly a rocket.
By sheer accident I stumbled across the 50 fastest skaters in the NHL. This article is a couple of years old, but here's an excerpt:

37. Ralph Backstrom-- DU head coach 1981-90
The Montreal Canadiens were fortunate enough to have several speedsters in their franchise's history. Ralph Backstrom was one of the best skaters of the 1960s.

33. Glenn Anderson one year at DU
One of Messier's teammates was Glenn Anderson. Anderson certainly wasn't slowing anyone down as he was equally as fast.

12. Bobby Hull Old Pio was right Hull was fast.
The Golden Jet was appropriately nicknamed. Bobby Hull is one of the most explosive players in NHL history. He could seemingly create a scoring chance out of nothing simply by moving his feet.

Before you ask, the answer is
1. Mike Gartner
Mike Gartner was twice the fastest skater during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. He holds the record for completing the lap in 13.386 seconds.
Add: Gartner was traded from the Rangers to the Maple Leafs near the trade deadline of the 1993-94 season for Glenn Anderson--yes, our Glenn Anderson. The Stanley Cup was won by the Rangers that year.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/956918-the-50-fastest-skaters-in-nhl-history?utm_source=outbrain.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=bestof#/articles/956918-the-50-fastest-skaters-in-nhl-history/page/19

Old Pio
05-17-2012, 08:09 PM
By sheer accident I stumbled across the 50 fastest skaters in the NHL. This article is a couple of years old, but here's an excerpt:

37. Ralph Backstrom-- DU head coach 1981-90
The Montreal Canadiens were fortunate enough to have several speedsters in their franchise's history. Ralph Backstrom was one of the best skaters of the 1960s.

33. Glenn Anderson one year at DU
One of Messier's teammates was Glenn Anderson. Anderson certainly wasn't slowing anyone down as he was equally as fast.

12. Bobby Hull Old Pio was right Hull was fast.
The Golden Jet was appropriately nicknamed. Bobby Hull is one of the most explosive players in NHL history. He could seemingly create a scoring chance out of nothing simply by moving his feet.

Before you ask, the answer is
1. Mike Gartner
Mike Gartner was twice the fastest skater during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. He holds the record for completing the lap in 13.386 seconds.
Add: Gartner was traded from the Rangers to the Maple Leafs near the trade deadline of the 1993-94 season for Glenn Anderson--yes, our Glenn Anderson. The Stanley Cup was won by the Rangers that year.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/956918-the-50-fastest-skaters-in-nhl-history?utm_source=outbrain.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=bestof#/articles/956918-the-50-fastest-skaters-in-nhl-history/page/19

Hull played on his own line, both special teams, and occasionally on a fourth line. On the PP he was at left point. And his teammates would lag the puck over to him and he launch one of those 120mph slappers. Like a dang howitzer. Of course, in his day, they didn't have "skills competition," so I don't know how fast he would skate "a lap." Although lap skating is not part of the game. I think he'd do pretty well today. Anyway, he also had the heaviest shot of his (and perhaps any)day. A slapper in the range of 120, wrister in the range of 100 (although there are some who say the wrister was faster than the slapper. The guy had 9 3/4 inch wrists.) This was also at a time when there were no rules on the amount of bend in the blade. Stan Mikita started that nonsense. So here's a guy skating very nearly 30mph, unloading a 120mph slapper with a banana hook in the blade, which made the thing behave like a knuckle ball. Yikes.

Sport once did an article called "Why Goalies Fear for Their Lives" about Hull. They asked some of the outstanding goalies of the day various questions. One was: "has he ever frightened you." One guy told of the time Hull took an unscreened slapper from the blue line. The guy said he brought his glove hand up, and the puck hit him in the BACK of the glove! It had gone in and was coming back out. He said it unnerved him and if it weren't for the 17,000 people in the stands he would have put his stick and gloves on top of the cage and headed downstairs for a Molson's. Over the years, the Blackhawks claimed Hull was robbed of several goals a year because nobody saw it go in. Not the goal judge. Not the ref. As I've mentioned before, that happend to Cliff Koroll in the '66 FF at Williams Arena in a game against Clarkson. A wicked back hander. And even though the ref blew his whistle, it was ruled no goal. The DU photographer caught the thing on film but of course that didn't matter. The goal would have put the Pioneers up 1 about midway through the 3rd. Clarkson coach Lennie Ciglarski was so impressed with his goalie's "save" he threw a stick on the ice. And the Clarkson guy in the box was so convinced it was a "save" he came out. Oh well.

Has there ever been a guy who was both the fastest skater and the heaviest shot? Those two attributes would seem to be mutually exclusive. But not for Hull. As Viz stated, I rate him as the most explosive offensive force in the history of the game. For years he was double teamed, at all times, by everybody. That was the only way teams could keep him from simply taking over a game (which he did quite frequently anyway). He was obviously not the gifted playmaker of Gretzky or Howe but for one rush up the ice, man he was something to see.

He would gather the puck behind the Chicgo net and head up ice. The crowd noise in Chicago stadium would build as he headed to the far blue line "oooooooooooooo" then he'd trigger a blast, with the crowd going "ahhhh" Lots of times it went in. Lots of times it didn't. But it was always exciting for the fans, not to mention the poor schmucks in the nets. And this reaction was common in whatever building he played in. He was just something very special.

One year the Hawks were out of the Stanley Cup playoffs and whatever network was carrying the games hired Bobby to do some color commentary. The game was in Boston. And when the network went away to break, Bobby began walking from rinkside up to the press box. When they went back to the broadcast, the fans in Boston were giving him a standing ovation, as he walked through the Garden, for being Bobby Hull.

Here's a segment of Bobby scoring a hattie in Maple Leaf Gardens. The first two come on slappers that were simply not seen. Notice the Maple Leaf fans are oohing and ahhing for Bobby's rushes and cheering for his goals about as much as they do for their own guys. Think Babe Ruth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgoYSbVgnjs

vizoroo
05-19-2012, 11:00 AM
Re: All Things Denver XXXIII
Former Pioneers Still Skating

ECHL Kelly Cup finals begin May 14.
Las Vegas Wranglers
Geoff Paukovich


AHL
Conference Final Round

St. Johns Ice Caps
Brock Trotter

Toronto Marlies
Joe Colborne-scored his 1st goal in 30 games on Thursday. Has been playing with a "badly mangled" finger.

Lost in quarterfinals of IIHF World Championship, but so did Canada
Paul Stastny
Chris Butler

A few words from Chris Peters prior to the game against Finland.
Paul Stastny Quietly, Paul Stastny has put together a sensational tournament. As the top centerman for Team USA, Stastny has been brilliant at both ends of the ice and in the faceoff circle. Hes won 66 percent of his draws (third best mark in the tournament) and posted nine points (3g-6a), good for second on the team. He and Pacioretty seem to have clicked as linemates, and when Bobby Ryan joins them on the power play, it gets pretty interesting. Stastny has shown good work ethic, getting to the net and creating offense. He might get a lot of flak for his play in Colorado, but hes been a standout for this U.S. squad and a big key to its success.
Team USAs penalty kill has been very good at the Worlds, ranking third overall at the tournament, killing 86.3 percent of its penalties against. (Chris Butler was a fixture on the PK.)
http://unitedstatesofhockey.com/2012/05/17/iihf-mwc-quarterfinals-usa-vs-finland/#more-3696