January 7, 2012
In the 30 seasons the Broadmoor Trophy has existed, Colorado College never has won it. So CC won’t miss it when the Tigers depart the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
The hardware depicting The Broadmoor hotel that’s given to the champion of the WCHA Final Five is expected to remain property of the WCHA after CC leaves the league for the Colorado Springs-based National Collegiate Hockey Conference in the 2013-14 season.
Two years ago, Blue Ribbon Trophies, of the Springs, redesigned the Broadmoor Trophy, which was first awarded to the WCHA playoff winner in 1985 following three seasons of being awarded to the WCHA regular-season champion that now gets the Michigan Tech-owned MacNaughton Cup. After conference realignment, the only WCHA team to have won the Broadmoor Trophy will be Northern Michigan – Denver, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota and Wisconsin have combined to claim the prize 26 times.
“We’ll create our own stuff,” CC coach Scott Owens said of the NCHC – to also include Denver, Miami, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan. He added that “it’s a new league. And it’s a new brand. And we’ll be establishing traditions. … I think (the Broadmoor Trophy) should stay in the WCHA.”
Unaffected will be the Gold Pan, presented to the winner of the yearly series between CC and Denver since 1994. The Tigers and Pioneers are anticipated to again play each other four times each season, with two home games apiece, despite a proposed NCHC schedule with only 24 league games. “I think our fans want that,” Owens said. “We want that.”
Dineen: Tigers have plenty of depth
Nick Dineen couldn’t have been more excited about the return of power-play teammate Jaden Schwartz, who missed the past six games while serving as captain of Canada at the world junior championships. However, he cautioned that Schwartz isn’t a one-man show.
“Jaden is a great player,” Dineen said. “But we still have 27 other guys in the room that believe we can get it done, with or without him. … As good of a player as he is, he’s not our team. We can win with the 20 guys on the ice, no matter who they are.”
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