The city of Denver had its hockey moment this past spring. Now there should be another one.
With ticket demand increasing for the top-ranked DU pioneers, the university chose to move the opening game of its Gold Pan hockey rivalry series with Colorado College from its on-campus campus to the Ball Arena.
The contest, scheduled to begin Jan. 27 at 7:00 p.m. EST, will mark the first time the Pios have played a regular season game at the Colorado Avalanche’s home stadium. It will also be the 333rd meeting between the Pios and the CC Tigers, which is the second-best rivalry in college hockey behind Michigan and Michigan State.
“The Denver-Colorado College rivalry is one of the most played series in college hockey, and we look forward to presenting both of our historic programs in the home of the Avalanche,” DU coach David Carle said in a press release in which he this announced game.
“We are very excited to host this game at Ball Arena to give Denver’s amazing hockey fans and our program a chance to see us at an NHL stadium. The goal is to provide our players with an experience reminiscent of 2016’s Battle on Blake, the Loveland Regional last season, and ultimately a taste of what the Frozen Four will be like in Tampa, Florida this April . ”
DU has won the Gold Pan in each of the last three seasons, including a four-game streak last year. The Pios later won their record ninth NCAA national title in April, months before the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup to mark the first time in 50 years that the NHL and college hockey titles have been won by teams from the same city (Boston, 1972).
Denver East High School and the Avalanche Pee-Wee Team also clinched national championships, sparking a campaign to declare Denver the hockey capital of the United States.
“Denver has always been a great center for hockey and this clash between two of college hockey’s longtime rivals in an environment like this only confirms that,” said Josh Berlo, DU athletic director, in a press release. “This game will showcase not only the Denver and Colorado College programs, but also NCAA Division-I hockey on a larger scale in our state, our region and beyond.”
Those who had tickets for the January 27 game at Magness Arena should have been notified by the school and will be seated at a comparable location at Ball Arena. Tickets starting at $25 are available at DenverPioneers.com/tickets and can also be purchased from the DU Ticket Office at 303-871-4625 or [email protected]