Denver Pioneers Hockey Schedule
The Denver Pioneers are one of the elite programs in college hockey, and their
home of the Magness Center in Denver Colorado is one of the most exciting places to catch a game in all of college sports.
The crowd at Magness Center always gives the Pioneers a distinct home ice advantage when they go up against the toughest teams
in NCAA hockey, allowing Denver to pull off some big wins. The Pioneers won the conference tournament at the end of their
first year in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and will be looking to do even better in the 2014-2015 season. As
one of the most historic programs in college hockey Denver is never satisfied with anything short of a National Championship
and they will be looking to bring home their eighth national title this season.
The home schedule for the Denver Pioneers
kicks off on October 17th with the first of two games against the RPI engineers. There will be plenty of excitement at Magness
Center this year as the Pioneers have home games against the Boston College Eagles, the Western Michigan Broncos, the Colorado
College Tigers, the Air Force Falcons, the Wisconsin Badgers, the University of North Dakota, the St. Cloud State Huskies,
and the Miami Ohio Redhawks. One of the biggest series of the year will take place on January 30th and 31st when the Minnesota
Golden Gophers come to Denver. The Golden Gophers were the number one overall seed in last year's NCAA Tournament and made
it all the way to the championship game. These are two of the most distinguished programs in college hockey and no die hard
Pioneers fan will want to miss the chance to see either or both of these match ups. There are plenty of chances to come out
to Magness Center to catch the Denver Pioneers in action during the 2014-2015 season, just pick out the games you can attend
and get your tickets from StubHub today.
The history of the Denver Pioneers hockey program dates
all the way back to 1949 and their 7 National Championships are second only to the Michigan Wolverines in total championships.
Last season the Pioneers won the inaugural NCHC conference tournament and they appear to be more than capable of repeating
the success of last season. Head coach Jim Montgomery brings motivational tools and the experience of playing the NHL, both
of which help him get the most out of his players. Captain forward Grant Arnold should really light up the scoreboard this
season while assistant captain Josiah Didier will anchor an always tough Pioneers defense. This looks like it could be the
season that the Pioneers finally bring home the university's first NCAA Championship in men's hockey since winning back-to-back
titles in 2004 and 2005.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports
fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding college hockey and Denver Pioneers fans are some of the
most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NCAA. On game day at the Magness Center, the fans file in and take their
seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd
works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling
hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following
three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging
from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip.
Denver Pioneers Hockey Conference
Pioneers play in the recently formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The NCHC played its first season of collegiate
hockey last year after teams from the WCHA and the CCHA came together to form a new conference after their previous conferences
lost teams to the newly formed Big Ten hockey conference. The conference is primarily made up of schools from the Midwest
and its members include the St. Cloud Huskies, the Denver Pioneers, Colorado College, Miami University, University of Minnesota
– Duluth, University of Nebraska – Omaha, University of North Dakota, and Western Michigan University. Prior to
joining the NCHC the Pioneers were members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, or WCHA, which was one of the most
storied conferences in the entire NCAA. Members of the conference had combined to win a record setting 36 men's national hockey
championships and the teams are sure to continue their excellence and help make the NCHC one of the best conferences in all
of college hockey.
The Pioneers' biggest rivals are the Colorado College Tigers, with whom they
go to battle every year in what is known as the Battle for the Gold Pan.