College hockey like all college sports is divided into divisions. However, since many schools do not have hockey programs there are only two divisions: Division I and Division III. Division I typically encompasses schools that are either Division I or Division II in other sports. For example for those of you who attend or attended UIndy, you will recall that we played GLIAC football against Ferris State University. Ferris State is a DII school like UIndy. DU where I am now is a DI school. In last year’s playoffs, DU and Ferris State played each other in the first round. Ferris State won 2-1 much to my dismay. Actually Ferris State went on to face Boston College in the championship game of the Frozen Four, losing 4-1.
So who are the heavy hitters? Well, there are several, as with any sport. The University of Michigan has won the most championships (9) while, North Dakota and Denver are tied at 7. Wisconsin sits at 6 and Boston College, Boston University, and Minnesota are tied at 5. For those of you that like the movie Miracle (it’s a great film by the way) a lot of those schools should sound familiar, seeing how the 1980 Olympic team was comprised of college players. Two of BC’s wins have come in the last four years.
Like any sport, the fans are very passionate, maybe border line crazy at the time. I know the student section here at DU has some pretty entertaining chants and methods of tormenting the opposing goalie. From what I’ve heard about other major programs, this is pretty common. If you want to know some of the chants just ask me sometime. Fair warning they can be kind of crude.
I haven’t had much time to look over the rankings so I can make any predictions about how this year might go. You really can’t know because you never know when the dreaded injury bug may strike. Suffice to say that of the schools that I named above, three of them make up the top three, another two are in the top 10, and one more is in the top 20. Only Wisconsin missed out of being ranked (and not by much). However, if their goalie plays like he did against my Pios in the first round of the conference tournament, they’ll be in the rankings soon (he stopped ~98 of 104 shots over a 3 game period).
Alright, I’m off for the mile high ice of Magness Arena for some Pioneer hockey! Watch for pictures here soon. Have a great weekend! Also, a huge congratulation to Brian and Kathryn on the recent engagement (finally!) and for those of you who saw me attempt to share his post, no I'm not engaged, please don't call me at 5:45 am. OK I've got to run...take it easy everyone!