Denver May Lose 2

     This Monday update from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post on two University of Denver underclassmen considering professional contracts:

Mike Chambers, Denver Post

University of Denver sophomores Joe Colborne and Patrick Wiercioch are considering signing NHL contracts with the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, respectively, but Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky is urging them to take more time with their decisions.

"Nobody has signed," Gwozdecky said after talking to both players Monday. "They’re talking with their parents right now, having family discussions on what route to take.

"Both Ottawa and Boston are very interested in Patrick and Joe, but they’re very aware that it’s a challenge to remove the emotion of having your season suddenly end and give yourself some time to sit and think and make an education decision."

Colborne, the Bruins’ 2008 first-round draft pick (16th overall), led DU with 22 goals this season. The 6-foot-5 power forward finished tied for second in points (41) and was a third team all-WCHA selection.

Wiercioch, a 6-4 first-team all-WCHA defenseman, had six goals and 27 points. He also was selected in the 2008 draft, in the second round (42nd overall).

Denver’s season ended Friday, with a 2-1 upset loss to Rochester Institute of Technology in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers, who entered the 16-team national field as the No. 2 overall seed, finished 27-10-4 after losing their final three games.

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