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Bednar Helps Create Humboldt Broncos Memorial Golf Tournament

Avalanche head coach is doing his part for his hometown following the tragedy in April

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

It was the morning of the biggest game of the year for the Colorado Avalanche, but it was also a day where the hockey world was reminded that there is more to the sport than the games themselves.

Hockey plays an important part in many people's lives, but there is a lot more to it than trying to put a vulcanized piece of rubber into a net at blazing speeds on ice. The sport develops bonds that can last a lifetime. From peewees to adult rec leagues to the National Hockey League, the game creates a unique camaraderie for players and fans alike.

So on April 7 as the Avalanche prepared to face the St. Louis Blues in the final contest of the regular season and with a playoff spot on the line, the hockey community was mourning the loss of some of their own from the previous night.

Nearly a thousand miles north of Colorado on the Canadian plains of Saskatchewan, a city was grieving. The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to Nipawin for Game 5 of their playoff series in the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League, but the team never made it as an accident with their team bus and a truck killed 16 people on the club and critically injured 13 others. Among those that died included players, support staff and coach Darcy Haugan.

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar spent a large amount of his childhood in Humboldt while following his father, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer, around the province. He considers the city his hometown and the Broncos were his team.

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Nathan MacKinnon: 2017-18 Season in Review

Avalanche center had a career year worthy of being a league MVP candidate

by Maddie Karr /

It was a season to remember for Nathan MacKinnon.

The Colorado Avalanche center finished fifth in league scoring in 2017-18 after tallying 97 points (39 goals, 58 assists) in 74 games and became the first Avs player to finish a season among the NHL's top five scorers since Joe Sakic tied for second in 2003-04.

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Rookie Rewind: A.J. Greer

The forward played 17 games with the Avalanche this season

by Nick Hecht /

After getting a taste of the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016-17 season, forward A.J. Greer was excited and ready to work for a roster spot for the 2017-18 season.

"It was amazing," Greer said during training camp about his five NHL games the previous campaign. "I loved my time here, and I was so grateful to get the opportunity to showcase my abilities and make my dream come true in the NHL. I played with some great players like Nathan MacKinnon... I was really happy to get the opportunity.

"You always want more, obviously. It was an amazing experience. It was such an amazing time there, and I know what it takes to get there and I know what to expect. It's definitely in the back of my mind and my motivation."

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Erik Johnson: 2017-18 Season In Review

The defenseman was seventh in the league in average time on ice

by Saber Bufton /

Erik Johnson showed the workhorse that he is over the course of the 2017-18 season, being relied on heavily by the Colorado Avalanche coaching staff and recording career-high ice time.

Johnson was on the ice for an average of 25:26 through the campaign, tops on the club and seventh in the NHL. It was the most average time-on-ice by an Avalanche player since the 2002-03 season when Rob Blake averaged 26:21 and Adam Foote had 25:42.

The defenseman also led the league in shifts-per-game with 30.7, the first Colorado player to lead the NHL in that category since Brett Clark did it back in 2007-08 with 31.3. 

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Rookie Rewind: Dominic Toninato

The Minnesota-Duluth alum got his taste of pro hockey with the Avs and Rampage

by Nick Hecht / is profiling players who just completed their rookie seasons with the organization. This installment takes a look at forward Dominic Toninato.

Dominic Toninato got his first action of pro hockey in 2017-18 and was a key two-way player for the Colorado Avalanche.

After captaining the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the 2017 NCAA National Championship Tournament, the forward turned his attention to the NHL and inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Avs as an unsigned college free agent last August.

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Prospect Q&A: Josh Dickinson

The forward is getting ready for his first season of pro hockey

by Saber Bufton /

Josh Dickinson signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche on April 5 as an undrafted free agent and is preparing for his first season of pro hockey.

The Georgetown, Ontario, native played in 40 games with the Clarkson University Golden Knights last season, where he tallied 26 points (15 goals and 11 assists). Dickinson then played five games on an amateur tryout for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League and recorded two assists.

Prior to playing for Clarkson, he spent three seasons with the Ontario Junior Hockey League's Georgetown Raiders and won the league championship with the club in 2017.

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Avs Featured in Six Nationally Televised Games in 2018-19

Colorado is featured in five "Wednesday Night Hockey" contests

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

The Colorado Avalanche is set to appear in six nationally televised games in the United States on NBCSN in 2018-19.

The debut of "Wednesday Night Hockey" on NBC Sports Network will feature the Avalanche five times, including matchups at Pepsi Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 24, Nashville Predators on Nov. 7, Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 28, San Jose Sharks on Jan. 2 and Vegas Golden Knights on March 27.

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Tyson Barrie: Season in Review

Defenseman set a career high with 57 points last season

by Saber Bufton /

Tyson Barrie has become a recognizable name to Colorado Avalanche fans, and his 2017-18 season showed his tenacity for creating offense amongst team defensemen and being a leader on a young squad.

The Victoria, British Columbia, native had a career year for himself, setting new highs in all three scoring categories with 14 goals and 43 assists for 57 points. Barrie's 57 points were the most by an Avalanche defenseman since Ray Bourque had 59 in 2000-01 season and his 43 assists were also the most by an Avs rear guard since Bourque recorded 52 in the 2000-01 Stanley Cup championship campaign.

Barrie's offensive talent was especially on display on the power play as he registered 30 points with the man advantage, tying him for first among NHL defensemen this past year, and scored seven power-play goals, tied for first among blueliners in the league.

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Rookie Rewind: Vladislav Kamenev

Forward was acquired from Nashville in the Nov. 5 trade

by Maddie Karr / is profiling players who just completed their rookie seasons with the organization. This installment takes a look at forward Vladislav Kamenev.

Vladislav Kamenev is a big, strong two-way center that was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche from the Nashville Predators on Nov. 5 in a three-team trade that also included the Ottawa Senators.

Selected 42nd overall by the Predators in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Orsk, Russia, native spent one more season playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL before coming to North American and joining Nashville's American Hockey League team, the Milwaukee Admirals. He played two-plus seasons with the Admirals and saw two games of action with the Preds, making his NHL debut on Jan. 6, 2017 at the Florida Panthers.

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Prospect Q&A: Ty Lewis

Forward is getting ready for his first professional season

by Saber Bufton /

Ty Lewis signed with the Colorado Avalanche prior to the start of last season after going undrafted the previous two years. He attended the Avs' 2017 development and training camps before inking a deal with team on Oct. 3, 2017.

The Brandon, Manitoba, native has played the past four seasons with his hometown Western Hockey League squad, the Brandon Wheat Kings, and is now preparing for his first year of pro hockey. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound left wing recorded 191 points (84 goals and 107 assists) in 190 career contests with the Wheat Kings and tallied 100 points (44 goals and 56 assists) while being an alternate captain on the club this past season. He also helped Brandon win the WHL championship in 2016 and earn a berth into the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup tournament.

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