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Avs Open Rookie Camp

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche opened rookie camp on Sunday with an hour-and-a-half practice at the South Suburban Family Sports Center in Englewood, Colo.

The rookie camp has two more practice sessions, Monday (Sept. 11) and Tuesday (Sept. 12). The sessions are free and open to the public. Workouts are scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each morning at Family Sports.

Twenty-two Avalanche prospects are attending camp, including Brad Richardson, Wojtek Wolski, Paul Stastny and the Avalanche's top pick from the 2006 Entry Draft, Chris Stewart.

Richardson played in 41 games with the Avalanche in his first NHL action last season, including 37 of the last 39 games. He made his Stanley Cup playoff debut, skating in all nine postseason games and scored his first career playoff goal in Game Four (CQF) vs. Dallas on April 28.

Wolski started the 2005-06 season with Colorado, making his NHL debut in the season opener Oct. 5 at Edmonton. He recorded two goals and four assists in nine games before being sent to his junior team, the Ontario Hockey League's Brampton Battalion, on Oct. 26. Wolski was named OHL Player of the Year for his 47 goals and 81 assists (128 points) in 56 games. The Avalanche added him to the 2006 Stanley Cup playoff roster on April 19, and Wolski scored a goal and two assists in his first career playoff game, Game One of CQF at Dallas (April 22).

Stastny was Colorado's second selection (44th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft. In two seasons with the University of Denver, Stastny compiled 98 points on 36 goals and 62 assists. During his sophomore season, 2005-06, Stastny captured the WCHA scoring title and was named first-team All-WCHA. He was named WCHA Rookie of the Year in the 2004-05 season after helping DU to its second consecutive NCAA championship.

Stewart spent the 2005-06 season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, where he scored 37 goals and notched 50 assists in 62 games. He entered the 2006 Draft as the No.8-ranked North American prospect by NHL Central Scouting. His 87 points in 2005-06 were good for second on his team and 13th in the OHL.

The club begins its NHL training camp this Thursday (Sept. 14), when players report for medical and physical tests. Full-scale workouts start on Sept. 15 and end on Sept. 17. These on-ice sessions are scheduled to run each day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the club's practice facility. All scrimmages and practice sessions are open to the public at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

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