Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Colleges

Frozen Four: Getting to know Denver Pioneers

Denver Pioneers

Location: Denver

Conference: National Collegiate Hockey Conference

Record: 25-9-6

U.S. College Hockey Online national ranking: Seventh

Coach: Jim Montgomery, third season (59-34-11)

Leading scorer: Danton Heinen (20 goals, 28 assists, 48 points)

Leading goaltender: Tanner Jaillet (17-4-5, 2.25 goals-against average, .923 save percentage)

NHL players produced: 70 all-time, eight active: Pittsburgh's Beau Bennett, Toronto's Tyler Bozak, Tampa Bay's Matt Carle, Calgary's Joe Colborne, Los Angeles' Nick Shore, St. Louis' Paul Stastny, Ottawa's Patrick Wiercioch, Minnesota's Jason Zucker

Notable alumni: Condoleezza Rice (former Secretary of State, top left), Pete Coors (Molson Coors chairman), Michelle Kwan (figure skater), Floyd Little (former Broncos RB), Greg Popovich (Spurs coach), Neil Simon (playwright), Sinbad (comedian, bottom left)

Frozen Four appearances: 15

National titles: 7

Fast fact: Lightning defenseman Matt Carle won national titles with the Pioneers in 2004 and 2005, and was honored in 2006 with the Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey's top player.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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