The Denver Pioneers are the sports teams of the University of Denver. Other DU teams play in various conferences in the sports that are not sponsored by The Summit, the mens ice hockey team is a charter member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which formed in 2011 with play beginning in 2013. Mens and womens skiing compete in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association, the University has been fielding athletic teams since 1867. DUs athletic teams are known as the Pioneers, Denver officially became the Pioneers in 1925, after the result of a student nickname contest, and that nickname has been in place ever since. With over 200 All Americans,31 NCAA Championships, and 65 Olympians in its history, Sports Illustrated ranked the DU program 23rd in the nation in 2008 among all schools. In 1979, under pressure, DU joined the NAIA where it played until 1992. Denver also appeared in the 2005 NIT, losing to San Francisco, ice hockey is DUs flagship spectator sport, regularly selling out the 6,026 seat Magness Arena on campus, the showpiece of the Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. DUs Hockey Program has been playing NCAA Division I hockey since 1949-50, the Pioneers are one of the most successful programs in the history of collegiate hockey. They are ranked third in all-time NCAA National Hockey Championships with seven after Michigan and North Dakota with nine and eight championships, the Pioneers have appeared in 14 NCAA Frozen Four Championships. Since the creation of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1959, Patrick Weircioch of the Ottawa Senators, Chris Butler of the St. Louis Blues and 2006 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winner Matt Carle of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Previous DU players who starred in the NHL besides Anderson include Keith Magnuson, Craig Patrick, Cliff Koroll, Peter McNab, and Kevin Dineen, legendary hockey coaches at Denver include three former NHL players - Murray Armstrong, Marshall Johnston and Ralph Backstrom. Jim Montgomery a former NHL player, USHL GM/coach and star player, is the new coach of Denver Hockey. DU hockey entered a new era in 2013 when it left its home of the WCHA to launch the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The new conference was formed as a reaction to the Big Ten Conferences announcement that it would start a mens hockey league in 2013. The six charter members of the NCHC—DU, Colorado College, Miami, Minnesota–Duluth, North Dakota and these schools were soon joined by St. Cloud State and Western Michigan to bring the leagues membership at launch to eight. The University of Denver Ski Team has won 23 NCAA titles, the Pioneers have won nine championships since 2000. DU won NCAA titles in 2014 and 2016, three-peated NCAA titles in 2008,2009 and 2010, won an NCAA title in 2005 and as well as three consecutive NCAA titles from 2000 to 2002. The Denver mens lacrosse team appeared in the 2006,2008,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015 and 2016 NCAA Tournaments, Denver won the NCAA mens lacrosse championship in 2015, beating Maryland, 10-5 in Philadelphia
Magness Arena looking northwest
University of Denver (in white) men's ice hockey vs Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (in red), Magness Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA. DU won 3-0 in this regular season opener. 17 October 2014.