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Avs Hit the Ice, Then the Links

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
With training camp (and for some players, rookie camp before that), the Burgundy/White Game and three preseason games within a four-day span, the Avs took a much-deserved day off Sunday before hitting the ice again this morning at Family Sports Center.

“It was nice having some time off, especially after getting in late from Vegas the night before. I don’t think I got to sleep until 4:00 or 4:30 a.m.,” said Avs forward T.J. Hensick. “It was nice watching football and catching up on sleep to get ready for this coming week.”

The team will practice again Tuesday before hosting the Dallas Stars Wednesday evening (7:00 p.m.) in a preseason game at Pepsi Center. Some good news came out of Monday’s practice as well, as Avalanche head coach Tony Granato stated that right wing Marek Svatos could be available to play against the Stars.

After Wednesday’s game, the Avs will then play a home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks to wrap up their preseason schedule. The Hawks will visit Denver on Friday (7:00 p.m.) before hosting Colorado on Sunday (5:00 p.m. MT).

Charity Golf Classic
Following Monday’s practice, the players slapped on polo shirts and headed to The Ridge at Castle Pines North in Castle Rock, where the Avalanche is hosting its annual Charity Golf Classic. The entire team, including players, coaches and front office personnel,  are participating in the event.

The Charity Golf Classic gives fans and sponsors the unique opportunity to spend a day golfing with their favorite Avalanche personality while raising funds for Kroenke Sports Charities.

“It’s always a lot of fun and today should be a really nice day,” said Ben Guite. “It will be great to spend time with some good people and just have some fun.”

For some Avalanche players, like forward David Jones, today will be their first opportunity to participate in the event. Nevertheless, Jones and his fellow first-timers are excited to mingle with some fans and sponsors while swinging the wrenches.

“It’ll be awesome to get out there,” said Jones “I haven’t been able to swing the clubs for a while, and it will be nice to get away from the rink for a little bit.”

Roster Moves
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced Sunday that it has reduced its 2008 preseason roster to 28 players with the reassignment of forwards Matt Hendricks and Nathan Smith, defensemen Darcy Campbell and Aaron MacKenzie and goaltender Jason Bacashihua. All five players were reassigned to Lake Erie (AHL).

Click here for an updated preseason roster

Below is a complete list of players who have been reassigned or released:

G  Jason Bacashihua  Lake Erie (AHL) G  Ian Keserich  Lake Erie (AHL)
C  Codey Burki  Lake Erie (AHL) D  Raymond Macias  Lake Erie (AHL)
D  Darcy Campbell  Lake Erie (AHL) D  Aaron MacKenzie  Lake Erie (AHL)
G  Trevor Cann  Peterborough (OHL) C  Bryan Marshall  Lake Erie (AHL)
D  Joel Chouinard  Victoriaville (QMJHL) RW  Mark McCutcheon  Lake Erie (AHL)
LW  Jack Combs  Lake Erie (AHL) D  Kevin Montgomery  Lake Erie (AHL)
C  J.D. Corbin  Lake Erie (AHL) C  Chris Mueller  Lake Erie (AHL)
D  J.P. Cote  Released D  Wes O'Neill  Lake Erie (AHL)
G  Peter Delmas  Lewiston (QMJHL) D  Derek Peltier  Lake Erie (AHL)
RW  Rob Drummond  Lake Erie (AHL) C  Marty Sertich  Lake Erie (AHL)
C  Philippe Dupuis  Lake Erie (AHL) C  Nathan Smith  Lake Erie (AHL)
LW  Chris Durno  Lake Erie (AHL) C  Kelsey Tessier  Quebec (QMJHL)
LW  Tom Fritsche  Lake Erie (AHL) D  Michael Vernace  Lake Erie (AHL)
C  T.J. Galiardi  Lake Erie (AHL) G  Tyler Weiman  Lake Erie (AHL)
D  Cameron Gaunce  St. Michael's (OHL) D  Nigel Williams  Lake Erie (AHL)
C  Matt Hendricks  Lake Erie (AHL)      
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