The DU hockey team is heading to it's seventh consecutive NCAA tournament, building on a long tradition of success.

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KUSA- The DU hockey program has a rich history of success and this year's Pioneers are looking to build onto it. The Pioneers won the National Collegiate Hockey Conference championship last weekend to earn their seventh consecutive appearance into the NCAA Division I National Championships.

"Between Twitter and text messages the cell phones are blowing up for everyone and its great. It speaks to the pride and tradition that everybody has that's been a part of Denver hockey," first year head coach Jim Montgomery said Monday.

Much of the Pioneers success over the years came through popular head coach George Gwozdecky who was fired last April after 19 years on the job. The firing of Gwozdecky didn't go over well with a lot of the DU alum. Montgomery said he doesn't have any personal gratification with on with his team doing so well late in the season and securing a spot in the National Championship tournament.

"For me I don't take any personal gratification. For me it's the journey we started in September together," Montgomery said.

"I'm really happy for these student-athletes especially our two seniors that are instrumental in our leadership, it's their first championship and they'll be rewarded with a ring for it to add to the great tradition of Gwozdecky and Armstrong and all the other great coaches who have coached here," Montgomery continued.

The Pioneers will play Boston College Saturday in the NCAA Northeast Regional semi-finals at 2pm MT.

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