As the former Pioneer battles ALS, State Sen. David Tomassoni helps inspire Denver's NCAA hockey title

Apr 13, 2022 543

BY: Jess Myers

Like so many stories that involve Minnesota hockey or Minnesota politics, or both, this one starts at Mancini’s — the legendary steakhouse on West Seventh Street that is roughly equidistant from Xcel Energy Center and the State Capitol.

Davie Carle was an assistant coach with the University of Denver, and the Pioneers were having a team meal there one year in March, before playing in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. A Minnesota politician ambled over to their table and introduced himself, sharing with the players that he knew a little about Denver hockey.

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