• CC legend Andy Gambucci named to state sports Hall of Fame

    Wed, October 9, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    gambucci imageColorado College sports legend Andy Gambucci will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, the organization’s selection committee announced Tuesday.

    He will be honored at the 50th annual induction banquet scheduled for April 17, 2014, at the Denver Marriott City Center.

    One of Colorado College’s all-time sports greats, Gambucci played football, hockey and baseball for the Tigers in the early 1950s. While a standout outfielder in baseball, Gambucci was especially known for his football and hockey accomplishments. He was the Rocky Mountain Conference’s most valuable football player as a senior in 1952 when he rushed for 16 touchdowns to break NFL Hall of Famer Dutch Clark’s school record.

    In four seasons of hockey (1949-53), Gambucci collected 91 career points (62 goals, 29 assists) to help the 1950 squad win the  program’s first of two NCAA championships. 

    cshof logoGambucci also played on the United States’ 1952 Olympic team that claimed a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Games in Oslo.  After graduating from CC, he continued his playing career and did some coaching in Italy before returning to the Pikes Peak region where he spent 22 seasons as a referee in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

    Other honorees include recent Rockies retiree Todd Helton and former Broncos  great Otis Armstrong, two players who played their entire professional careers with one franchise; Colorado hoops coach Forrest B. “Frosty” Cox,  former Buffaloes football standout Darian Hagan and former Denver Post sports writer and columnist Dorothy Mauk, who is believed to be the first woman in the nation to work full-time in the sports department of a major metropolitan daily newspaper. She started work at the Post in 1966.

     

     

     

  • Ryan Bach, Brian Swanson enjoying retirement from pro hockey

    Wed, May 8, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    COURTESY Anchorage Daily News

    COURTESY Anchorage Daily News

    Retirement is suiting 1995-96 Colorado College Hall of Fame hockey team members Ryan Bach and Brian Swanson well.

    Bach, 39, is very much involved in hockey, working as the goaltender coach for the ECHL Colorado Eagles. His real estate company is located next door to the Budweiser Events Center allowing him to leave work each afternoon for practice the past nine years. He finished his playing career with the Eagles during the 2003-04 season while Colorado was in the Central Hockey League.

    “You can’t beat the commute,” he said before a recent induction banquet. “It (hockey) is definitely a big part of my life and a big role in what I have become.”

    Bach went 0-3 for the Los Angeles Kings during the 1998-99 season and spent eight years in the minors.

    Swanson, 37, is enjoying retirement after a good NHL career and the chance to finish off his career last season with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces, where he mentored former Tiger Tim Hall and former Air Force player Jacques Lamoureux.

    He left Eagle River, Alaska 20 years ago to play junior hockey. He went on to a 70-game NHL career (Atlanta, Edmonton) with 17 points (13 assists) as one of only 13 Alaskans to play in the world’s best league.

    “I was happy to play my final two years with a quality organization and do it at home,” he said. “I played outside Anchorage much of my life so it was good to go back home. It was good for the kids.”

    He works as a manager at a Play It Again store in Anchorage.

    “I am enjoying retirement,” he said. “After my final season, I was ready.”

  • CC Hall of Fame inducts 1995-96 team, five individuals

    Sun, April 28, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC HOF 004Colorado College honored some it best-ever athletes, including the 1995-96 Tigers hockey team that lost to Michigan in the 1996 NCAA championship game, at its 14th Hall of Fame banquet Saturday night at Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

    “Sixteen years have passed and when we saw each other last night we picked up right where we left off,” captain Eric Rud said. “The reason we had such success because we were CC Tigers. We had a will and goal and we played like proud Tigers that season, we still are proud Tigers and we always will be.”

    They were inducted along with Colorado all-time winningest preps basketball coach Guy Gibbs, All-American and academic All-American football player Ryan Haygood, now a prominent civil rights attorney, men’s lacrosse all-time leading scorer Ted Nusbaum, women’s lacrosse and basketball pioneer Michelle Giarrantano Secor and Cheddy Thompson, coach of the 1950 NCAA championship hockey team. Click for more on Haygood and the other inductees here.

    “To be included among these athletes as a team is such an honor,” goalie Ryan Bach said.

    Coach Don Lucia, now with Minnesota, credited the players for saving the program. There was talk of dissolving the team after the old Broadmoor World Arena was torn down. The team played the next three seasons, including 1995-96, at the Air Force Academy.

    “Without them, the World Arena would never have been built,” Lucia said. “My best move was talking coach Scott Owens into staying on for a couple years. In a few years he will be up here being inducted.”

    The mood was festive as the Tigers watched the videotape of the loss to Michigan in overtime.

    “It’s such an honor to say I played in that game,” said defenseman Paul Johnson, who scored the first goal at the current World Arena. “This night is such a special moment for me and for all of us.”

    The 15th Hall of Fame class will be inducted in April 2015.