The Colorado Avalanche drops the puck on the start of the 2005-06 season beginning September 12th, when 44 players report to camp.
The club begins full-scale workouts on September 13th, running through the 15th. Workouts are scheduled to run from 9 am to 12 pm each day of camp at the club's practice facility located at the South Suburban Family Sports Center, 6901 South Peoria Street in Centennial, Colo., just south of Arapahoe off of Peoria. All scrimmages and practice sessions are open to the public at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
"This is always an exciting time of year for us, but like all hockey fans right now, we're even more eager to begin than we usually are," said Avalanche President and General Manager Pierre Lacroix. "The start of camp represents the beginning of a new era of Avalanche hockey and we're extremely eager to launch our tenth anniversary season here in Colorado."
"We believe this will be a very entertaining and upbeat training camp, and under the guidance of our coaching staff led by Joel Quenneville, we expect it to be very competitive."
"I'm excited about the group of guys we have in camp this season," said Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville. "There's no doubt in my mind that we have the personnel we need to be among the top clubs in the NHL."
Following the three-day camp, the Avalanche will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game on Friday, September 16th at Magness Arena on the Denver University campus beginning at 6:30pm. The Avalanche exhibition slate begins Saturday, September 17th when the Avs' play host to the Dallas Stars, the first of six preseason games before the Avs' season opener on October 5th at Edmonton.
COLORADO AVALANCHE PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
September 16Â Â Â Â Â Â Burgundy/White Game (Denver University)Â Â Â Â Â 6:30 p.m.
September 17Â Â Â Â Â Colorado vs. Dallas (Pepsi Center)Â Â Â Â Â 7 p.m.
September 21Â Â Â Â Â Â Colorado at Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)Â Â Â Â Â 5 p.m.
September 24Â Â Â Â Â Â Colorado at Los Angeles (Las Vegas, NV)Â Â Â Â Â 8:30 p.m.
September 27Â Â Â Â Â Colorado vs. Detroit (Pepsi Center)Â Â Â Â Â 7 p.m.
September 29Â Â Â Â Â Colorado vs. Los Angeles (Pepsi Center)Â Â Â Â Â 7 p.m.
October 1Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Colorado at Dallas (American Airlines Arena)Â Â Â Â Â 6 p.m.