Posted: Dec 4, 2009 4:10 AM
Updated: Dec 4, 2009 4:10 AM
Legendary rivalries are a big part of sports. The list of great rivalries is long and loaded with tradition. CU - CSU; Air Force - Navy: Raiders - Broncos; and Yankees - Red Sox are a few good examples. And what about Colorado College and Denver University in hockey?
The CC - DU rivalry renews this weekend when the 2nd ranked Pioneers hook up with the 5th ranked Tigers on Friday in Colorado Springs and Saturday in Denver. Almost every game is sold out. The fans in both cities are loyal to their team and very loud on game night. Some say this is the best rivalry in all of college hockey.
CC head coach Scott Owens agrees. Owens told News First 5, "I definitely think it is. There are people in the upper Midwest that will argue Minnesota - North Dakota. But you know what, this has been going on since 1949."
Tigers' winger Mike Testwuide added, "I would have to say yeah. There are some great rivalries like Michigan - Michigan State, BU - BC, but I definitely think this ranks just as high as those for sure."
"I play for the Tigers," said wing Stephen Schultz. "For me and for this organization and this group of guys it is by far the best rivalry in college hockey."
The winner of the season series also wins the traveling trophy called the Gold Pan which has stayed at Colorado College the past three seasons. The Gold Pan was added to the rivalry during the '93-'94 season when Don Lucia was the CC coach and Frank Serratore coached at DU. Only a few tickets remain for Friday's 7:30 faceoff at the Colorado Springs World Arena. Saturday night faceoff is at 7:00 at Magness Arena in Denver.