College hockey loses a friend

Many other people knew Jim White better than I did. The great thing about him was that he’d never let you know that.

White, a longtime off-ice official at Denver and a college hockey afficionado, passed away Thursday after an illness.

I met White a few years back as part of the visiting media corps on a trip to Denver, but every time I came back to Magness Arena or saw him at the WCHA Final Five, he treated me like one of his oldest friends.

I remember spending a half-hour with him at the airport in Columbus, Ohio, the day after the 2005 national championship game. Much like many of the Denver followers after the back-to-back titles triumph, I don’t think he had slept a whole lot. And, if I recall correctly, he was facing a long day of trying to get back to Denver because of a line of storms rolling through the Front Range. But he was always willing to talk hockey, especially Denver and the WCHA.

It always hurts when we lose someone who loved college hockey as much as Jim did. Condolences to his family.

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    • Yep. I’ve probably seen Denver the most this year out of the three Colo. teams and think that yes, there is a good chance that the Pios will lose to the Broncos. Of course, there’s also probably equally as good of a chance they won’t. It’s the playoffs; as another commenter on this thread said, crazy stuff happens this time of year.

      And by the strict numbers, it’d be a 10 seed over a 7 seed. Not THAT big of an upset ..

      • Glad to hear it! Anything can happen….. #8ARIZONA JUST BEAT #1 DUKE LAST NIGHT. Any1 who knows anything bout sports and playoffs can tell yoi to be optimistic about winning the championship you can go in #1 but fall to 16 if you dont have the mentality of a winner

      • And with the game being over, it almost happened. Denver has solidified their status as a come-from-behind team. I just can’t help but think it’s going to bite them in the butt at some point …

        In any case, WCHA fans … you get a rematch of the Final Five championship … this time with a trip to the Frozen Four on the line.

    • CC very nearly upset NoDak in the final five, and if guentzel hadn’t taken a stupid penalty 30 seconds into the game and basically spotted the Sioux a goal from the start they probably would have won. CC’s power play is second to none (when Jaden Schwartz is in the lineup), and if Howe has a good game they can beat anyone, including the almighty reigning champs from frat-central Boston. Really hope the tigers stick it to ‘captainfrat’ and the rest of BC’s belligerent and ill-informed fans, but I have to be honest and say that I have little less confidence in my bracket after seeing theresa pick both of the #1 seed upsets I did.

      • Aw. Well my CC picks up through the Final Five had been spot on for a while – I kind of figured them out … until I had them lose to UAA and obviously they didn’t. So here’s hoping I get back on track with my Tiger accuracy …

  1. who knows anymore. never would have thought that the sioux would lose to yale last year, or denver losing to rpi. never thought my gophers could lose to holy cross a few years ago as tallented as they were. any team or goalie can steal 1 game for their team……

  2. Ha, Theresa you sure went against the grain on these and can expect a whole lot of catcalls…but I hope your are right! Good luck

  3. Michigan in the frozen four? Sorry, I don’t see them as being consistent enough to beat UNO AND BC. It would be nice for the CCHA to get some respect, but I don’t see it happening.

    Miami, on the other hand, is the team that I think has the best chance of stopping UND.

    Denver-WMU is going to be a good, hard game.

    Whoever comes out of West and Midwest alive takes the championship for sure.

    • That regional was tough. Logically, we all know who’s probably coming out of there. However, this BU grad can hope differently, right? ;)

      In any case, I’ll explain my logic behind the West Regional. UMich/UNO was kind of a crapshoot. I will honestly say I guessed there. With CC/BC … if CC has anything left in the tank after their one hell of a game against UND last Friday, they’ve got a good chance at taking down BC. Problem is, if they do and they beat the Eagles, I don’t think they’ll have enough energy/stamina to win a second night in a row. Thus, my randomly picked winner of Mich/UNO ends up coming out of that regional.

  4. Oh boy Theresa… Michigan getting hammered here after 1 period. They look like garbage. Not a good pick unless they figure out the next 40 minutes, which seems unlikely to me.

      • 2 for 4 – not bad for day 1!
        How did you know that BC would send their JV team (or that the refs would say, “It probably went in, plus we’re holding up game 2, so let’s just give it to Michigan”)?

    • I don’t feel that I am. I just wonder, like many others, if they truly have the depth this year. Sometimes I think they do; other times, I don’t. Right now, I’m content to wait and see. We won’t have an all-WCHA Frozen Four this year (obviously, given the Northeast Regional), but you won’t see me complaining if the conference has three of four. :)

      And you probably won’t see the NCAA complaining either, since the FF *IS* smack dab in WCHA territory …

    • Yeah, well, I wish they had. I’ve seen them enough times over the past six years to know what they can do. One of these years, I hope they actually do break through to the FF like RIT did last year.

  5. Well T – it looks like you got the West Regional almost spot on. 2-0 with Michigan over CC at this point. You still have a chance for .500 in the Midwest and the Northeast. As a UMD alumn – I’m thouroughly thrilled that you got the East all wrong. Loving UMD now. Not sure who to pull for in the Den/ND rematch. Both are rivalries for UMD, but I think I’m gonna pull for the Pios just so I can revel in all the UND whining that would en-sioux (get it?). Can’t wait to see who we draw in the UNH vs ? game. Go Bulldogs!

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