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Denver Pioneers
Institution University of Denver
Location Denver, CO
School Founded 1864
Enrollment 9,800
Colors Crimson and Gold
Chancellor Robert Coombe
Athletic Director Peg Bradley-Doppes
Rink Magness Arena
Capacity 6,026
Dimensions 200'x85'
Men's Coach George Gwozdecky (Wisconsin '78)
NCAA Championships 1958, 1960, 1961, 1968, 1969, 2004, 2005
WCHA Championships MacNaughton Cup (Men's Regular Season): 1959-60, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1967-68, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1985-86, 2001-02, 2004-05

Broadmoor Trophy (Men's WCHA Tournament): 1963, 1964, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2005

Major Rivals Colorado College

The Denver Pioneers are a Men's Division I team in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The University of Denver began playing ice hockey in 1949 in a surplus WWII naval drill hall that had been re-purposed into the 5,200 seat DU Arena, where the Pioneers would play up until 1997.

The Pioneers went 4-13 that first season, but soon became a competitve program, and in 1956, the hiring of legendary coach Murray Armstrong would make the Pioneers the dominant program in NCAA hockey during the 1960s.

Armstrong's teams won 5 NCAA titles (58, 60, 61, 68 and 69) with a steady pipeline of talented players, mostly from Western Canada. The greatest of these teams was the 1960-61 DU team that went 30-1-1, and won the NCAA Championship Game 12-2, the largest margin of victory in history. Other highlights of the 60s included a victory and a tie against the 1960 U.S. and Soviet Olympic teams, respectively, as well as the 1968-69 Denver NCAA Championship team, led by future NHLers Keith Magnuson, Cliff Korroll and Craig Patrick, which defeated Ken Dryden's Cornell team in the title game, 4-3.

The Pioneers fielded many strong teams in the 1970s, and a several in the 1980s and 90s, but were unable to claim another NCAA crown until 2004, when the Pioneers defeated Maine 1-0 in a memorable title run under coach George Gwozdecky. The Pioneers proved the title was no fluke when they repeated as Champions in 2005 with a 4-1 win over North Dakota.

Today, the Pioneers play to sellout crowds of 6,000+ in Magness Arena, part of a $75 million sports complex that was completed in 2000.

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Western Collegiate Hockey Association

Men: Alaska-Anchorage | Colorado College | Denver | Michigan Tech | Minnesota | Minnesota-Duluth | Minnesota State | North Dakota | St. Cloud State | Wisconsin
Women: Bemidji State | Minnesota | Minnesota-Duluth | Minnesota State | North Dakota | Ohio State | St. Cloud State | Wisconsin


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