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Avalanche to Take Part in 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff

Colorado prospects to play those from Vegas, Anaheim and San Jose

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche prospects will head to the Nevada desert prior to training camp to compete in the 2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff from Sept. 8-11 at City National Arena.

The Avs will join the Vegas Golden Knights, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks in showcasing their prospects and other young players in exhibition games. Each team will play three contests over the course of four days at the Golden Knights' Summerlin practice facility, which is located at 1550 S. Pavilion Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89135.

Colorado opens the rookie tournament against the host Golden Knights on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. MT and will then play the Ducks on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. MT. Monday is a practice day for each of the six clubs before the exhibition closes on Tuesday, Sept. 11, with the Avs playing the Sharks at 12:30 p.m. MT. A full tournament schedule is below.

Each game will have a similar format to those at the NHL level (three 20-minute periods, stoppages, penalties, etc.). Ticket and broadcast/stream information will be announced in the future by Vegas.

This is the third year that Colorado has taken part in a rookie tournament. The team hosted and won the inaugural Rookie Showcase in 2016 at the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster and participated in the San Jose Sharks' Prospect Showcase in 2017.

The Avalanche will announce its Rookie Faceoff roster and its training camp schedule at a later date.

2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff Schedule
Saturday Sept. 8 Coyotes vs. Sharks 4 p.m.
    Kings vs. Ducks 6 p.m.
    Avalanche vs. Golden Knights 8 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 9 Kings vs. Coyotes 4 p.m.
    Avalanche vs. Ducks 6 p.m.
    Golden Knights vs. Sharks 8 p.m.
Monday Sept. 10 Practice day no games
Tue Sept. 11 Ducks vs. Coyotes 12 p.m.
    Avalanche vs. Sharks 12:30 p.m.
    Kings vs. Golden Knights 3:30 p.m.
Day Date Game Time (MT)
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