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And the award goes to: Avs in running for plenty of post-seasonhonours after a surprise season

Thursday, 06.19.2014 / 6:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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And the award goes to: Avs in running for plenty of post-seasonhonours after a surprise season

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche could be wearing out the red carpet at the NHL awards show next week with all the players they have up for honours.

Semyon Varlamov is in the running for top goalie, Nathan MacKinnon up for best rookie and Ryan O'Reilly a candidate for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Coach Patrick Roy also could be recognized for his work behind the bench.

It was just that kind of season for the surprising Avalanche, who tied a franchise record with 52 wins as they returned to the post-season after a three-year absence.

The attention now — with the nominations and all — is "exciting," Roy acknowledged.

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