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Getting To Know: Patrick Wiercioch

The defenseman is entering his first season with the Avalanche

by Heather Ward /

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 /

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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Canada Moves On To World Cup Final

The club will take on the winner of Sunday's game

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

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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Burgundy/White Game To Showcase Young Avs

The intrasquad scrimmage is a training camp staple

by Heather Ward /

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 /

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 /

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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A Season Of Expectations

Jared Bednar's expectations will shape the Avalanche

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.-Proper expectations are great.

Expectations are what fuels fandom, drives desire, creates competition. Expectations are what new Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar is instilling in his new organization.

From top to bottom, the man has a program and the players in both Colorado and with the San Antonio Rampage will be expected to go with it. It will shape how they practice, how they play, how they conduct themselves and how they will perform.

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Next Era Provides Fresh Start

Change is brewing as the leaves begin to turn

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.-Fans of the NHL get to experience five seasons throughout the year.

There's winter, spring, summer, fall and hockey.

Those attending Colorado Avalanche Training Camp on Friday got to experience the seeds of change in a variety of areas. The first full day of fall brought with it the beginning of the next era of Avs hockey.

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Rantanen, Others Held Out Of Training Camp

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.-The first day of Colorado Avalanche Training Camp is in the books, and while new head coach Jared Bednar ran a fast, up-tempo practice as expected, there were some player absences from the two on-ice sessions.

Colorado's first-round selection (10th overall) at the 2015 NHL Draft, Mikko Rantanen, suffered an ankle injury in the first game of the inaugural Rookie Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 17. The team previously announced that he was expected to miss approximately 2-4 weeks to recover.

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Prospect Q&A: Nicolas Meloche

The defenseman is going into his second season as an Avs prospect

by Zach Stieneker /

Nicolas Meloche was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (40th overall) at the 2015 NHL Draft. The right-shot defenseman has spent the last three seasons developing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and split the 2015-16 campaign between the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and his current team, the Gatineau Olympiques.

In Baie-Comeau, the native of La Salle, Quebec, recorded 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 25 games. With the Olympiques, the 19-year-old blueliner went on to tally 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 28 contests, along with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating.

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