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Preseason A Time For Evaluation

Colorado opens exhibition slate in Minnesota

by Nicole Morris / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.-The Colorado Avalanche opens the 2016-17 preseason schedule on the road, which begins with a Tuesday contest at the Minnesota Wild.

The match will be the first chance for those participating to showcase their talent in a game situation against someone other than their fellow teammates. Rosters for both teams are expected to include prospects, giving them another opportunity to showcase themselves before the final roster is turned in on Oct. 11.

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MacKinnon Had "Awesome" Experience At World Cup

The Avs forward played for Team North America

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

At the start of the World Cup of Hockey, it was hard to get a read on what Team North America would be all about. How would a team made up of 23-and-under talent from Canada and the United States compare and compete with the best and more experienced players on the planet?

The North Americans ended up putting the world on notice to watch out, and they had a good time doing it.

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Avalanche Reduces Roster To 51

by Colorado Avalanche @avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche hockey club announced today that the team has reduced its roster to 51 players ahead of Tuesday's preseason matchup at the Minnesota Wild.

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White Tops Burgundy 1-0

It was deadlocked right until the very end

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Team White took down Team Burgundy 1-0 in a hard-fought, back-and-forth game at Magness Arena on the University of Denver campus on Sunday.

The Colorado Avalanche's annual intrasquad scrimmage, lovingly known as the Burgundy/White Game, serves not only as the unofficial grand finale to Avs Training Camp, but also as an additional opportunity for coaches and management to evaluate what everyone has learned over the course of the past week.

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Canada Moves On To World Cup Final

Will face Team Europe

by Ryan Boulding & Ron Knabenbauer / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CANADA (5) vs. RUSSIA (3)

One and done games can often be the best kind of hockey, when players have no fall back in a series. It's all or nothing for two clubs comprised of the top players of their sport. The winner moves on to the final, the loser goes home until next time.

That was the scenario on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, where Team Canada took on Team Russia in the first game of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey Semifinals.

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Getting To Know: Patrick Wiercioch

The defenseman is entering his first season with the Avalanche

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Patrick Wiercioch signed with the Colorado Avalanche over the summer as an unrestricted free agent.

Wiercioch, who inked a one-year contract on July 1, is very familiar with Colorado, having played at the University of Denver for two years before he signed with the Ottawa Senators in 2010. The Senators had drafted the left-handed defenseman in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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A Fresh Start for Rocco Grimaldi

An offseason trade landed forward Rocco Grimaldi in Colorado

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

As he was about to take the ice for a skate in late June, Rocco Grimaldi's phone started ringing. It was his agent. Typically not one to look at his phone once he gets to the rink, Grimaldi just happened to see it before heading out to skate and took the call. That was when he received the news that he had been traded by the Florida Panthers and would join the Colorado Avalanche. 

Within an hour of getting off the ice, he heard from Avalanche assistant general manager Chris MacFarland, who called to welcome him to the organization, learn a little about his family and offer any help he could provide with the transition.

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Burgundy/White Game To Showcase Young Avs

The intrasquad scrimmage is a training camp staple

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is gearing up for preseason with the annual Burgundy/White Game, which will take place at Magness Arena on the University of Denver campus on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. 

The contest is an opportunity for coaches to evaluate players in a game scenario. Expectations going into the scrimmage include high-paced and competitive play mirroring that of the past two practices.

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Second Day Of Training Camp A Grind

The Avalanche practiced physicality and speed

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--If the first day of Colorado Avalanche training camp was about playing with speed and moving the puck fast, then the second day was about adding a little physicality to head coach Jared Bednar's structure.

Chase drills, battles in the corner and clearing the puck out of the defensive zone with pressure highlighted practice on Saturday at Family Sports Center.

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Prospect Q&A: AJ Greer

AJ Greer looks to make his professional hockey debut this season

by Zach Stieneker / ColoradoAvalanche.com

AJ Greer was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (39th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound left wing was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Avalanche on July 1 of this year.

The native of Joliette, Quebec, began his 2015-16 campaign with Boston University before leaving mid-season to play for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. With the 2016 President's Cup Champion Huskies, the forward tallied 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 33 regular-season games. In the QMJHL playoffs, he recorded 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 20 contests.

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