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Nieto On The Sunny Side Of Hockey

Avalanche forward Matt Nieto is part of the recent wave of Californians in the NHL

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

A version of the following story appeared in the 2016-17 fourth edition of AVALANCHE, the official game magazine of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. For more feature stories, purchase a copy of the magazine during Avs home games at Pepsi Center. All proceeds from game-magazine sales support youth hockey associations in Colorado.


Matt Nieto still remembers the first time he skated on ice. The result wasn't pretty.

The Colorado Avalanche forward was 5 years old at the time and had been playing roller hockey for the past two years but wanted to make the jump to the ice like the pros on the Anaheim Ducks were doing.

He was quickly reminded that skating is not as easy as it seems.

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Landeskog, Soderberg Added To Team Sweden's Roster

The Avalanche Swedish forwards will compete at the World Championship

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Carl Soderberg will join Team Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France, from May 5-21.  

Landeskog has a long history of competing for his country and is making his third appearance at Worlds. He won a gold medal on home soil at the 2013 World Championship where he collected three goals and one assist while appearing in all 10 competitions.

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Four Avs Named To Canada's World Championship Roster

Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Calvin Pickard look to help Canada to another gold

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Four players from the Colorado Avalanche have been selected to represent Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Forwards Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon, defenseman Tyson Barrie and goaltender Calvin Pickard were named to the roster by Hockey Canada on Wednesday.

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Avalanche Farm Report: April 18

The San Antonio Rampage wraps up its season

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (27-42-7) picked up one win in a three-game series against the Texas Stars last week to conclude the 2016-17 season.

San Antonio started the week with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss at Texas on Wednesday.

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Compher Named To Team USA's Worlds Roster

The Avalanche forward won a bronze medal last year with the Americans

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche rookie forward J.T. Compher has been selected to represent the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in May, USA Hockey announced on Thursday. 

Compher made his first World Championship appearance in 2016, where he recorded one goal and two assists in 10 games en route to winning a bronze medal.  

This was not the forward's first international tournament run, however. Compher competed in five contests for Team USA at the 2015 World Junior Championship in Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec. Prior to that, he captained Team America to a silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship, registering seven points (three goals, four assists) in as many contests. He was named one of the top three players on the squad by tournament coaches.

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Rantanen Named To Team Finland For World Championship

The Avalanche forward will be going to his second-straight tournament

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche rookie forward Mikko Rantanen has been selected to represent Finland at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany in May. 

It is the second year in a row that he will compete for his home nation, as Rantanen won a silver medal for his country during the 2016 World Championship in Moscow, Russia, where recorded one assist in five competitions.

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2017 NHL Draft Lottery To Be Held April 29

The Avalanche has the highest odds of winning the No. 1 overall pick

by National Hockey League / NHL.com

The National Hockey League announced today the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 29 in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced shortly after 6 p.m., MT, during live coverage of the event on NBC, CBC and TVA. Coverage on CBC begins at 5:30 p.m., MT.

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Avalanche Farm Report: April 11

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com
San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage went 1-3 last week and now has only three games remaining in the regular season.

The Rampage started with a 3-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday night at Bojangles' Coliseum. Down by one, Brendan Ranford finished a loose puck for the Rampage 2:39 into the final stanza to tie the match. Mason Geertsen and Gabriel Bourque each collected assists on the play. The Checkers answered back at the 10:05 mark to regain the lead and found the back of the net one last time to skate away with the win. 

Spencer Martin started between the pipes and made 25 saves. 

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NHL Releases Final Rankings For 2017 Draft

Brandon's Nolan Patrick is the top prospect, Halifax's Nico Hischier follows at No. 2

by National Hockey League / NHL.com

Forward Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, Man.), who skates for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, has been named the top draft-eligible skater for the 2017 NHL Draft as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings. Forward Nico Hischier (Naters, Switzerland), a center for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, follows closely at No. 2.

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Rantanen Reaches 20-Goal Mark In Finale

The rookie led the team in goalscoring

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Just like that, the 2016-17 season is over for the Colorado Avalanche.

It was a campaign of trials and tribulations, of hard work and heartache. Things just didn't seem to go the way the team had hoped. 

"This was not the year we all wanted. It was frustrating pretty much from mid-December on--every day coming to the rink being where were at," Matt Duchene said following Sunday's 3-2 loss at the St. Louis Blues. "No one on the team gave up ever. We played our hearts out every single night, but everybody does that in this league. The whole league works hard. They play hard. Guys are in good shape. They can skate. They can play. It's not just enough to have that, so that's why we're at where we're at.

"Goals were hard to come by for everyone this year. The puck would not go in the net. Very frustrating year. I know I definitely got a fire lit under me going forward here, and I think a lot of other guys will [have it] too."

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