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Old Pio
12-29-2010, 08:16 PM
We lost Bill Masterton in the no helmet era. It's likely he'd survive today. Injuries that end or shorten a career are sad. Injuries that end or shorten or reduce the quality of a life are tragedies and must be dealt with.

MagnessMan
12-30-2010, 01:08 AM
We lost Bill Masterton in the no helmet era. It's likely he'd survive today. Injuries that end or shorten a career are sad. Injuries that end or shorten or reduce the quality of a life are tragedies and must be dealt with.

Agreed Pio. It's interesting that the helmet hasn't really changed in the last 20 years. You would think with the research on concussions and the technology we have that someone could make a better helmet. One thing I've heard is that wearing a mouth guard reduces the severity of a concusion.

Old Pio
12-30-2010, 02:45 AM
Agreed Pio. It's interesting that the helmet hasn't really changed in the last 20 years. You would think with the research on concussions and the technology we have that someone could make a better helmet. One thing I've heard is that wearing a mouth guard reduces the severity of a concusion.

In the old days players used to justify not wearing helmets by claiming they reduced peripheral vision, which made dangerous collisions more likely. It seems like you're right, the development of sports equipment is evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary. Governing bodies, professional and collegiate (assuming you can get the NC$$ to stop worrying about indian mascots) are the ones who can put the hitch in the getalongs of manufacturers. We need a "Manhattan Project" on the subject of concussions, to see if equipment can play a role in reducing them, their frequency and severity. Naturally rules changes and vigorous enforcement would also be part of the answer. Do we wait until the next Jesse Martin is taken from the ice dead? I surely hope not. It's past time to do something about this problem.

co14ers
12-30-2010, 07:44 AM
Agreed Pio. It's interesting that the helmet hasn't really changed in the last 20 years. You would think with the research on concussions and the technology we have that someone could make a better helmet. One thing I've heard is that wearing a mouth guard reduces the severity of a concusion.

http://media.fans.nhl.com/_Messier-Captains-New-Helmet-Initiative/blog/1459444/111820.html

du78
12-30-2010, 11:02 AM
Murray Armstrong (http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=205069422) to be honored on Friday night.


The University of Denver will honor legendary head coach Murray Armstrong on Dec. 31 when the Pioneers host Northern Michigan in nonconference college hockey action at Magness Arena. Armstrong died at the age of 94 on Dec. 8 after leading Denver to five NCAA championships (1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969) and 460 wins as head coach from 1956-1977. Puck drop is set for 6:09 p.m. MT for the special New Year's Eve game.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6 p.m. MT for the special pre-game ceremony. DU will recognized Armstrong and his accomplishments at approximately 6:05 p.m. MT. Fans are also encouraged to stay in their seats during the first intermission as the Pioneers will honor Armstrong with a 3-5 minute video tribute.

dggoddard
12-30-2010, 04:11 PM
This WJT is turning into a nightmare for the teams that had players selected.

CC's Jaden Schwartz out at least six weeks with a fractured ankle.

CC plays Michigan tonight and then their schedule is as follows....

Week 1 - Bye

Week 2 - UAA

Week 3 - UAH

Week 4 - UND

Week 5 - DU

Week 6 - MSU-M

Puck Swami
12-30-2010, 05:22 PM
On a positive note, a friend of mine went over to Magness to pick up some tickets for Saturday, and was told that there weren't that many tickets left....

Chris
12-30-2010, 07:40 PM
On a positive note, a friend of mine went over to Magness to pick up some tickets for Saturday, and was told that there weren't that many tickets left....

Wait. What? How can this be? A no-name opponent and on New Years? :confused:

That's simply impossible! :eek::rolleyes:

Anyway, it will be nice to get back to the arena after this one month break, which was much too long.

GO DU!!!

Puck Swami
12-31-2010, 01:28 PM
Quasi-good news from Team USA:

Zucker skated in the morning skate today in Buffalo. It will be a "game-time" decision if he suits up or plays against Switzerland tonight.

vizoroo
12-31-2010, 02:09 PM
Quasi-good news from Team USA:

Zucker skated in the morning skate today in Buffalo. It will be a "game-time" decision if he suits up or plays against Switzerland tonight.

Good to hear!
Don't rush him until we know he has recovered.

du78
01-01-2011, 09:51 AM
After DU's win last night, DU all alone at #5 in the all important PWR (http://www.uscho.com/rankings/pairwise-rankings/d-i-men/). Tonight is a very important final OOC game for the team in terms of the PWR.

Puck Swami
01-01-2011, 12:16 PM
I think the Pioneers learned that they can play from behind without their top scorers, which is nice to know. That said, NMU really helped DU out with a mind-bending string of bad penalties.

DU is a very average to below average team when they are not moving their feet, and last nights game had two full periods of gliding before they decided to play hard. Would like to see a 60 minute effort tonight, rather than a 20 minute effort.

vizoroo
01-01-2011, 12:19 PM
Don't think you can expect NMU to take the same number of penalties they did last night. That was beyond the pale.

Puck Swami
01-01-2011, 12:28 PM
Don't think you can expect NMU to take the same number of penalties they did last night. That was beyond the pale.

Very true. Walt Kyle is a smart coach, and I am sure NMU will talking about that as a key point of emphasis in their pre-game meeting today. When NMU wasn't in the box, they were an effective team with some skilled forwards like Fox and Gron, and fine shooting d-men who aren't afraid to jump into the play.

The Pioneers need to get their feet moving, their forecheck going and win battles for the puck tonight. This is a very important PWR game before another bye week. Let's see the boys give a full 60.

Old Pio
01-01-2011, 02:09 PM
This was an odd sort of game. I don't believe I've ever seen a team get called for interference and then called again for interference while they're trying to kill off the first one. I can't recall if I've ever seen a team called for simultaneous minors which put them down 3X5 for a full two minutes. Talk about "gliding," no doubt DU was for much of the night, but NMU wasn't exactly the Ice Capades either.

On the other hand, Lee did just exactly what you hope for in a game like that--get the Pioneers on the board very early in the 3rd. IMHO that reallly changed everything. The goal Czar had two and could have had 3 or even 4 (remember that wide open shot in the 1st that went just a little wide and hitting the pipe in the 2nd). Murray made some big saves. And the defense really asserted itself in the 3rd, at times it was almost like there was only one team on the ice. And let's be honest, posting a 5-spot in one period, no matter how it happens or against whom, is always deeply satisfying. Especially when three of 'em come in 63 seconds!

As I say, an odd sort of game. But, hey, a win is a win. It'll take a more consistent effort tonight, no doubt.

vizoroo
01-01-2011, 07:59 PM
We knew we would miss Drew Shore's scoring, but winning faceoffs--you bet. At one point DU had only won 11 of 30. Meanwhile back in Buffalo, Drew is winning 72% of his faceoffs--good for third in the tournament.

dggoddard
01-01-2011, 09:18 PM
Wait. What? How can this be? A no-name opponent and on New Years? :confused:

That's simply impossible! :eek::rolleyes:

GO DU!!!Crowd looked pretty weak on PioneerVision. Worst crowds we've seen in a while.

Its not just DU. Minnesota had weak crowds this weekend against Union & Ferris State.

Rumor on the Blog that DU is not going to sit still when the Big Ten bolts. If true, its good news.

co14ers
01-02-2011, 12:20 AM
This is a very good result to me. I was so concerned that DU would lose both of these games and completely hose our PWR. The win last night was great and a tie tonight is acceptable to me considering our top end players either at WJC and Bennett out (and Martin out of course).

du78
01-02-2011, 12:25 AM
This is a very good result to me. I was so concerned that DU would lose both of these games and completely hose our PWR. The win last night was great and a tie tonight is acceptable to me considering our top end players either at WJC and Bennett out (and Martin out of course).

DU comes out at #6 in PWR. Gwoz said Bennett will likely be back for the next series at MSUM. DU should be back to full man power in 2 weeks with D. Shore and Jay Z returning from WJC. Except for Jesse DU should be poised to make the final run in the WCHA.

Puck Swami
01-02-2011, 01:51 AM
Bad crowd tonight without the students. As the one person in my section actually cheering loudly for the team from time to time, I continue to be amazed at how people around me look at me as the abberant one- as if I am disturbing church, or ruining their cell phone conversations, or I am just too loud...

I think I am going to just be quiet like everyone else...