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Niwot native, Eagles blueliner Sdao back home after 12 years away

December 29th, 2016

A lot has changed since Michael Sdao was last in Colorado playing competitive hockey, but that will happen when more than 10 years elapse between appearances in your home state. Sdao, a 27-year-old Niwot native in his first season manning the blue line for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, spent the last three seasons in the…

MacKinnon cites differences between Major Junior, NCAA hockey

December 16th, 2016

The argument might never end: NCAA or major junior, the two most prominent paths to the NHL. The college game isn’t for everyone, and it certainly isn’t for Nathan MacKinnon and his son, if he has one in the future. MacKinnon, the Avalanche’s explosive 21-year-old center, said Colorado’s recent college-like schedule is a reminder why…

Thornton native, DU grad Salazar enjoying return home with Eagles

December 8th, 2016

It’s come full circle for Luke Salazar, who grew up in Thornton and later played NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Denver. After graduation in 2012, Salazar played four years of pro hockey overseas before returning home this season to play for the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “I came to…

NHL dreams turn to reality for Colorado Springs’ Carlo

November 21st, 2016

Believe it or not, Brandon Carlo does get nervous. You just wouldn’t realize it from watching the composure he’s played with as a 19-year-old on the Boston Bruins’ top defensive pair early this season. Carlo turns 20 on Nov. 26. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE “We had a team dinner when the team told us we’d…

NHL vet Iginla still a valuable asset to Avalanche as new season underway

November 7th, 2016

Jarome Iginla enters his 20th NHL season — third with the Colorado Avalanche — still looking like a prizefighter in his prime. The right winger’s only body fat is of the essential kind, and his appearance offsets his age, 39, as well as the status of his contract, which expires after this season and could…

Avs bring in Calder Cup champ Bednar to refuel squad for ’16-17

September 8th, 2016

Patrick Roy was a players’ coach, a man virtually everyone would run through a wall for. Roy may not be on the Christmas-card list of former Colorado Avalanche forwards P.A. Parenteau and Daniel Briere, among others, but it appears that Colorado’s returning cast will miss the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie who abruptly ended his…

Avalanche tab AHL vet Bednar as new coach

August 26th, 2016

The Colorado Avalanche announced Thursday the appointment of Jared Bednar as the franchise’s new head coach. Bednar, who replaces Patrick Roy, becomes the seventh head coach in Avalanche history and the 15th in franchise history. “After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good…

Roy steps down as coach, VP of hockey operations for Avalanche

August 11th, 2016

After three seasons, Patrick Roy has resigned as head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. The Hall of Fame goaltender released a statement Thursday: “For the past three years, I have carried out my duties as Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche with energy,…

Eight given qualifying offers by Grizzlies for ’16-17 season

August 8th, 2016

The Utah Grizzlies want to keep building on their highly successful 2015-16 season. The team’s progress took a positive turn recently when eight players from last year were issued qualifying offers for the 2016-17 ECHL season. By extending the qualifying offers, the Grizzlies will retain the ECHL contract rights to the eight players for the…

Avalanche add top NCAA prospect Jost, five more players at NHL Draft

July 30th, 2016

Tyson Jost dreamed of the moment for 16 years – getting drafted by an NHL team. The dream turned into reality June 24 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., when the Colorado Avalanche selected the University of North Dakota-bound forward 10th overall. “I’m still so excited,” Jost said. “It’s something that you can’t…