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DENVER – Due to record demand for University of Denver hockey game tickets and to support the Hockey Capital USA campaign, the Gold Pan series is moving to the NHL. The Denver Pioneers’ opening game on Friday, Jan. 27 against country enemy Colorado College has been moved from the Magness Arena on DU’s campus to the Ball Arena in downtown Denver, home of the Colorado Avalanche.


Puck drop for the Jan. 27 game remains at 7:00 p.m. MT.


“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 at the Avalanche’s home stadium,” said Richard and Kitzia Goodman, head hockey coaches David Karle. “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 similar to “Battle on Blake” in 2016, the Loveland Regional last season, and finally a taste of what the Frozen Four will be like in Tampa, Florida this April will.”


The move to the downtown Denver arena follows the city earning the Hockey Capital USA nickname after Avalanche (NHL), Pioneers (NCAA DI), Denver East High School (Tier-II National Championship) and Avalanche Pee-Wee has team (Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament) winning championships in 2022. Last season was the first time in 50 years that the champions of the NHL and college hockey both called the same city home (Boston, 1972).


“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 the University of Denver’s Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Ritchie Center Operations Josh Berlo. ‚ÄúThis game will showcase not only the Denver and Colorado College programs, but NCAA Division I hockey on a larger scale in our state, our region and beyond. I would like to thank the staff at Kroenke Sports and Entertainment and Colorado College for all their help and support to make this game possible.”


Fans who currently have tickets for the Jan. 27 game against Colorado College at Magness Arena should have received information from the DU Ticket Office prior to the announcement. If not, please contact the DU Ticket Office. Ticket holders will be relocated to comparable locations in the Ball Arena at no additional cost.


To buy tickets, visit DenverPioneers.com/tickets or contact the DU Ticket Office at 303-871-4625 or [email protected] Tickets purchased at this time will be re-seated in the Ball Arena at a comparable location by mid-December and customers will receive an email confirmation to that effect. Ticket sales will transition to the Ball Arena on December 13 via Ticketmaster. Tickets start at $25 each.


The student experience at the Denver hockey games is a priority. Information on ticketing access in the DU student department will be mailed to University of Denver students when they return to campus in January for the winter quarter.


This will be the first game of the regular season that the Pioneers have played at Ball Arena. The program played an exhibition competition against the University of British Columbia at Ball Arena on October 6, 2012 to accommodate a US Presidential Debate that was being held at Magness Arena that same week.


The Pioneers and CC Tigers have previously met 332 times in their history, which is currently the second most played rivalry in college hockey behind only Michigan and Michigan State (333 games). Denver won its third straight Gold Pan and retained the trophy for its 16th season after winning all four games in 2021-22.


Denver also won its second Penrose Cup as a National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season champion and its ninth NCAA national record last season.

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