Oct. 21, 2010

By Jen Gunnels

When senior Josh Rosenholtz walked on to the University of Denver men's ice hockey team this season, he brought to the squad depth off the bench and a new playlist of warmup music. The team's No. 3 goaltender is also one of Denver's leading DJs in the progressive/electro house music scene.

Rosenholtz, who began playing hockey at the age of three, thought he had hung up his skates for good after enrolling at the University of Denver in 2007. The Ridgefield, Connecticut native dove into his studies and began pursuing other interests, like music.

"There's a fantastic electronic music scene in Denver," Rosenholtz said. "I have a passion for music and I felt like this genre was something that was cutting edge and new."
About a year ago Rosenholtz began experimenting with software that allowed him to remix and edit music, tinkering with beats and creating his own sound.

"I started sharing the stuff I was working on with my friends and they started passing it along to people they knew. It was nothing really formal at first, but then with Facebook and Twitter and other sites, the internet proved to be a really useful way to get connected. This has just really taken off within the last year," Rosenholtz said.

As word of his talent began to spread, Rosenholtz, who goes by the stage name Jashko (pronounced Yash-ko), began opening for larger acts in Denver, sometimes playing in front of crowds as large as several thousand. One of the highlights was opening for Shiny Toy Guns at the May Days Music Festival in Denver last May.

"I'm not playing anything live, no instruments, in other words. I'm playing my own music and other people's music that I've remixed," Rosenholtz explained. "I've been very fortunate to open for some bigger names that have a really big following, and that's given me some great exposure."

Before being called upon to join the Pioneers hockey team last summer, Rosenholtz was performing nearly every weekend. Now that hockey is in season, he is spending more time on the ice than on stage, but still finding time to enjoy both of the things he loves.

"Hockey is my first priority now, along with my academics, so I'm trying to find that balance. Now I'm playing about once every three weeks, which I like a lot, actually, because I'm able to change things up and play new stuff every time I'm up there," said Rosenholtz, who also hosts a podcast for fans on his Facebook page.

After listening to his music during workouts, Rosenholtz's Pioneer teammates have become faithful Jashko fans.

"My teammates have been so supportive, which was kind of a surprise because it's a pretty unique genre of music that not everyone is into," Rosenholtz said. "But we started listening to my music during workouts and the guys started getting into it, and then when I had one of my bigger shows recently the whole team came out to see it, which was great."
An international business major with a Spanish minor, Rosenholtz hopes to eventually use his degree to pursue a career in business overseas.

"I'm going to follow this [music] thing as far as it will go, but I'm not going to keep living the dream if this career hits a dead end," Rosenholtz said. "I've had a great few years here at Denver and I know my international business degree will serve me really well."

For more on Jashko's music, visit his Facebook fan page at http://listn.to/jashko.

Looking Ahead to Weekend Action

An exciting weekend of hockey is ahead as some of the nation's top teams square off and conference schedules begin to heat up.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) led the nation with six teams in the USA TODAY/USA Hockey men's poll this week and will see many of its member institutions go head-to-head in weekend action. The No. 13-ranked Denver Pioneers will square off with WCHA foe No. 14 Wisconsin in a two-game weekend series beginning Friday. The Badgers are the only WCHA opponent that Denver did not beat last season. The Bulldogs of No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth will host Alaska Anchorage while No. 15 St. Cloud State travels to face Minnesota. Both of those series will be the only meetings between the respective teams this season. The Golden Gophers will be looking for their first win on the season after dropping their opening series to conference opponent Nebraska-Omaha last weekend.

The Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha jumped into this week's national ranking at No. 10 and, along with Robert Morris, are one of only two teams in the nation at 4-0 on this young season. The Mavs will look to stay unbeaten and move to 5-0 for the first time ever when they travel to No. 3 Michigan for a non-conference series. In other non-conference action, the Fighting Sioux of No. 2 North Dakota will travel to take on the No. 6 Black Bears of Maine. The series will be the first meeting between the teams since October 20-21, 2006.

With the top-ranked defense in the nation, No. 1 Boston College will take the ice just once this weekend, facing Notre Dame on Saturday. Fellow Hockey East member Boston University will face Massachusetts for a rematch of their Oct. 16 tie in Boston. The No. 8 Terriers will travel to Amherst for the rematch on Friday night followed by another conference clash with Providence back on home ice on Saturday. In other Hockey East conference action, the No. 7 New Hampshire Wildcats will travel to face Northeastern on Friday. The matchup will be the first league contest of the season for both teams as the Wildcats look to defend last year's regular season Hockey East title.

Also opening their conference schedule this weekend in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association is No. 4 Miami (Ohio), who will host Northern Michigan, and No. 9 Alaska, who will travel to take on the Spartans of Michigan State. Alaska trails in the series 5-23 when facing Michigan State in East Lansing, but junior goalie Scott Greenham is unbeaten against the Spartans with a .980 save percentage in the previous three meetings between the teams.

In ECAC Hockey action, nonconference matchups continue as the league looks forward to the Ivy Shootout in New Haven next weekend when the Ivy League teams will make their season debut.