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duper
07-07-2011, 11:52 PM
It seems early to get too excited one way or the other. A lot of chips still have to fall in the college hockey landscape, and I think it will be interesting to see where they land.

vizoroo
07-08-2011, 11:02 AM
Exciting stuff. All the behind the scenes work that DU and UND have apparently been doing, is finally coming to light.


DU and UND on the same side:eek:

Garibaldi83
07-08-2011, 11:07 AM
I can't believe it I haven't checked the site in a few days and I come back to us deciding to create a new conference....WOW! I guess this means I have to be paying attention to hockey in July ;)

vizoroo
07-08-2011, 08:26 PM
Yes,there is other news as DU, ranking 54th among all Divisioin I schools,
wins 4th straight 1-AAA (non-football) Director's Cup.
http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=205178193

DenverGoldJersey
07-10-2011, 02:00 PM
I go away for a few days and now there is a new league...
This league looks hard
thinking of this as a 6 team league would it be possible that the 6th place team could make the ncaas
say the last place team goes 8-12 in league play but go 12-4 in nc play team would be 20-16 with a very difficult sos sounds like at least a bubble team

Dmann
07-10-2011, 09:01 PM
I go away for a few days and now there is a new league...
This league looks hard
thinking of this as a 6 team league would it be possible that the 6th place team could make the ncaas
say the last place team goes 8-12 in league play but go 12-4 in nc play team would be 20-16 with a very difficult sos sounds like at least a bubble team

Um, OK DenverGoldJersey, you're making about as much sense as you were the night we had about 200 beers at the Stadium!!! Or is it me?:rolleyes: I do believe we need to start talking about this, I feel like our "gang" is in a state if denial!!

Chris
07-10-2011, 10:57 PM
Um, OK DenverGoldJersey, you're making about as much sense as you were the night we had about 200 beers at the Stadium!!! Or is it me?:rolleyes: I do believe we need to start talking about this, I feel like our "gang" is in a state if denial!!

Actually, I think he posed a valid scenario.

In a state of denial about what?

DenverGoldJersey
07-11-2011, 12:37 AM
Im not saying I'm not excited for this league. Getting a guaranteed 4 games a year against cc and UND is great and I'm excited to see Miami, but I'm not seeing any teams dominate this league by feasting on the lower tier teams like has happened before. I'm thinking someone can win the league by winning 12-14 conference games. I definitely don't anticipate the points cushion that often develops throughout the standings and allows for a few bad series in a row. If that happens any team could be out of the race. This especially concerns me due to our recent after the new year slumps.
Also injuries could become a lot more important. It isn't too bad to lose a player or two for a UAA or tech series, but it could be a fatal blow for the conference title if someone gets injured during this conference schedule. I hope they spread out the conference schedule and allow a good number of midseason nc games or every team is going to have a few absolutely hellish stretches.

Also Dmann, I posted that at 1 I wasnt drunk yet

du78
07-11-2011, 09:31 AM
Im not saying I'm not excited for this league. Getting a guaranteed 4 games a year against cc and UND is great and I'm excited to see Miami, but I'm not seeing any teams dominate this league by feasting on the lower tier teams like has happened before. I'm thinking someone can win the league by winning 12-14 conference games. I definitely don't anticipate the points cushion that often develops throughout the standings and allows for a few bad series in a row. If that happens any team could be out of the race. This especially concerns me due to our recent after the new year slumps.
Also injuries could become a lot more important. It isn't too bad to lose a player or two for a UAA or tech series, but it could be a fatal blow for the conference title if someone gets injured during this conference schedule. I hope they spread out the conference schedule and allow a good number of midseason nc games or every team is going to have a few absolutely hellish stretches.

Also Dmann, I posted that at 1 I wasnt drunk yet

I have a feeling before the puck is even dropped in this new league it will consist of 8 teams including Notre Dame. The will result in a balanced schedule of 28 games leaving DU with 6 non-conference games. Two of the games will be taken by the Denver Cup over Thanksgiving. If Air Force is not in the Denver Cup, a third game will be against them. That leaves DU with only having to schedule 3 non-conference games each year. In the past few years on Air Force weekend besides AFA, DU and CC have played a fourth non-conference school who has traveled to CO to play both CC and DU. This leaves DU with only 1 non-conference series which would likely be played around New Year's or at the beginning of the season. An 8-team league is the ideal number of schools for a conference as it results in a balanced schedule with a minimal amount of non-conference scheduling needed.

du78
07-11-2011, 06:44 PM
Link to super league press conference on DU website. Wednesday at 11AM MT.

http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=205180422

4four4
07-11-2011, 09:21 PM
Link to super league press conference on DU website. Wednesday at 11AM MT.

http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=205180422

Rest assured ESPN will not be talking about it. They have a date with Team USA during that time. Go USA!

DenverGoldJersey
07-11-2011, 09:23 PM
Northern Michigan and Alaska moving to the WCHA?
are they the ones that have been killing college Hockey?

Old Pio
07-11-2011, 09:40 PM
Rest assured ESPN will not be talking about it. They have a date with Team USA during that time. Go USA!

Well then, maybe we should kill the deal. In any case, Minnesota can reinstate it's coveted policy of hiding from DU. Go Gophers, and don't come back.

dggoddard
07-11-2011, 09:50 PM
In any case, Minnesota can reinstate it's coveted policy of hiding from DU. Go Gophers, and don't come back.Well played. :)

DenverGoldJersey
07-11-2011, 09:56 PM
In any case, Minnesota can reinstate it's coveted policy of hiding from DU. Go Gophers, and don't come back.

I wonder what they'll do when Penn State starts recruiting overage canadians?

Old Pio
07-11-2011, 10:18 PM
I wonder what they'll do when Penn State starts recruiting overage canadians?

Unless and until Illinois goes D-1 in hockey, the Nittany Lions are my new favorite Big Ten (?) team. And in answer to your question, no way the Big Ten (?) puts up with that Gopher bs. Maybe we could send PSU Murray's old rolodex. :)

Old Pio Annecdote alert: I've posted before about the '68 WCHA playoffs, where the league had the first and second place clubs host 4 team mini playoffs. Minnesota had to come to the DU Arena or forfeit. Two game total goal series: DU 9-0 on Friday and 7-3 on Saturday. Glorious. Marvelous. Warms me up to this day. For my money, that team is second only to 60-61 in our history. Maggie, Koroll, Wiste, Miller, Shires, Patrick and Powers. They lost to the Russians in the Walter Brown tournament in the Broadmoor, then ran the table (22 game winning streak, longest in DU history), culminating in a 4-0 shutout of UND in the NC game. Undefeated at home. The Miller line (Tom Miller, Jim Shires, Cliff Koroll) started every game. And coming down the stretch scored 30 plus goals and gave up two or three! They'd back check you while you were putting on your cup. In that series, Tom Miller started one of the truly epic fights in all of DU history when he "tapped" Gopher Jim Carter on top of the helmet with his stick. Carter was a pretty good Gopher fullback (about 240) and to say he went ape doesn't really convey what happened. He chased Tom all over the ice. Picked up the net and threw it at one point. Tom just kept skating away from (and no doubt taunting) the big ape. Lord how I miss reliving that memory with Jimbo. It was like a WWE routine and stupendously entertaining. We return you now to your regular programming.

dggoddard
07-12-2011, 01:21 AM
DU getting serious about branding from today's Denver Post...




http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_18455677

The University of Denver has named former Western Union executive Kevin A. Carroll to head the university's branding, communications and global marketing endeavors.

Carroll, who was Western Union's vice president and general manager for global web channeling and marketing, becomes the vice chancellor of university communication and chief marketing officer.

"Our constituency comprises a vast array of different internal and external audiences with whom we must communicate using a similarly broad array of mechanisms and media," said Chancellor Robert Coombe.

Carroll holds a BS degree in management from Tulane University and an MBA in marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Old Pio
07-12-2011, 02:26 AM
DU getting serious about branding from today's Denver Post...

Better waaaaaay late than never. Especially with the new hockey conference and the emergence of LAX.

dggoddard
07-12-2011, 09:56 AM
Better waaaaaay late than never. Especially with the new hockey conference and the emergence of LAX.Question is are they going to listen to this guy or is he just an empty suit. Another alum and I met with the previous branding consultant that DU hired on a freelance basis.

He certainly listened to us and gave back some interesting feedback. Later I noticed that some of our suggestions were implemented and he had made smany good decisions. But the first thing he said to us when we sat down was, "Boone is not going to happen." :-)

I think that DU has a good grasp of their strengths and weaknesses, but the culture of change is difficult to implement and the Chancellor has too much veto power on issues that quite frankly aren't his strength.

I would recommend to the new guy that DU go all in on school spirit and build on the momentum that the Athletic Department, students and we have achieved in the past five years. Secondly overhaul all merchandise sales in the bookstore, online and in Magness. Thirdly, be proactive in social media, traditional media and publicity instead of sitting on their asses. Finally and most important, listen to the students instead of treating them like disobedient grandchildren.

vizoroo
07-12-2011, 12:29 PM
Minnesota Wild Development Camp begins today. Jason Zucker will not be the only Pioneer there as David Makowski was invited to attend. UMD's Jack Connolly and J.T. Brown were also invited.