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ASU Best Teams: No. 9 1971-72 Football vs. No. 12 2018-19 Hockey

Kush vs. Powers

Photos from Sun Devil Athletics

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 3 1986-87 Football beat No. 2 2008 Softball in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 2 2008 Softball vs. No. 3 1986-87 Football.

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 9 1971-72 Football

Record: 11-1 (7-0 WAC)

Head Coach: Frank Kush (14th year)

Notable Players: Woody Green, Danny White, Windlan Hall, Brent McClanahan

The Rundown: An all-time squad in program history. The offense, led by sophomore running back Woody Green and sophomore quarterback Danny White, scored 462 points while the defense allowed just 206 points. The devils beat Arizona 31-0 in Tempe and beat Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl. Conference champions, the Devils were ranked as high as #6 in the coaches poll and #8 in the AP poll.

No. 12 2018-19 Hockey

Record: 21-13-1, eliminated in first round of NCAA’s, First-ever NCAA Tournament Berth

Head coach: Greg Powers

Notable players: Johnny Walker, Joey Daccord, Brinson Pasichnuk

The rundown: The lasting memory of this group of Sun Devils’ might be a little more fresh in the minds for ASU fans. In just their fourth year at the Division I level, the group made the 16-team NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament. They accomplished the task as an independent team, becoming the first college hockey program in 27 years to capture the feat. The squad featured two Hobey Baker candidates in sophomore forward Johnny Walker and junior goaltender Joey Daccord. Furthermore, after ASU was eliminated by Quinnipiac in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Daccord became the first Sun Devil hockey player to ever play in the National Hockey League (NHL) when he made his debut on April 4, 2019 as an Ottawa Senator.

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