What a year it has been for the University of Denver Pioneers Men’s Hockey team. Holding the nation’s No. 1 ranking for most of the season, the team’s first Penrose Cup as NCHC regular season Conference Champions, and a second consecutive Frozen Four appearance this weekend. Well, before the Pios get to try and win their eighth National Championship; they learned that their head coach has earned a very special honor.
DU Head Coach Jim Montgomery has been named the winner of the 2017 Spencer Penrose Award as the ACHA Coach of the Year in Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey. The award given to the nation’s top coach every year since 1951 is named after Spencer Penrose, the philanthropist who helped construct The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs. This makes it a very special award for the state of Colorado and college hockey, as The Broadmoor was the host of the first ten college ice hockey championships.
In his fourth season as coach, Montgomery has led the Pioneers to a 31-7-4 record and is two wins away from capturing his first National Championship since winning as a player at the University of Maine in 1993. Coach Montgomery has a record of 100-47-18 since taking the job behind the bench in Denver.
Jim Montgomery will officially receive the award at the ACHA Convention in Naples, FL on April 26th.
Frozen Four — Denver will take on Notre Dame on Thursday at 7:30 pm MT in the second semifinal game; while Harvard and Minnesota Duluth take the ice in the first game at 4:00 pm MT. This weekend’s Frozen Four takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and can be seen on ESPN 2.
Winners of Thursday’s semifinal games will meet for the National Championship game at 6:00 pm MT to be broadcasted on ESPN.
Be sure to tune in and root on the Denver Pioneers as they #SkateFor8!