The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will hold its 2007 training camp this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 14-15) at the South Suburban Family Sports Center.
The camp takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All scrimmages and practice sessions are open to the public at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. The Family Sports Center is located at Arapahoe Road and Peoria Street in Centennial.
A total of 47 players will take part in the camp this weekend, as 17 players from rookie camp will join the 30 veterans.
The day before training camp opened, Colorado Head Coach Joel Quenneville addressed the media with some of his thoughts on the upcoming season:
On the returning Avs…
“We really like our team. With the way it ended last year we had a lot of momentum going into the offseason and we liked the way we played a team game toward the end of the year. Our younger guys should add some maturity going into this season. Joe’s coming off a spectacular year and we expect him to continue on that route.”
On possible line combinations…
“We’re going to find out in camp and we’ll be finding out during games as we go along. We’ve got ideas of who’s going to play with who, but certainly sometimes a guy comes off early to get his skate done, so you put another guy on that line and the line scores a goal. So you try again and they immediately capture some chemistry. But I think we’ve got some ideas - whether we play Ryan with Joe - but we’ll see as we go along. We should have three lines that can all score and everyone’s going to be expected to score.
On adding Scott Hannan to a strong defensive corps…
“I thought that we stabilized how we’re going to play defensively last year. Our back end got more predictable and reliable. Adding one more experienced defenseman should enhance that position.”
On the team’s focus this season…
"We’ve got a rich tradition and we all feel fortunate to be a part of it. I think this year our focus is on short-term goals. We want to make sure our priority is getting off to a good start. We talked to the guys last night and I think games 1-to-10 are going to be just as meaningful as games 72-to-82.”
On the goaltending battle between Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj…
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“It’s going to be very competitive this year amongst the two of them. I know that Peter ended up having a really solid part of the year at the end of the season. Jose has a lot to prove and I think that internal competition is healthy. They have a nice rapport and I think that’s going to be one of our strengths this year. Jose is going to be on the ice this week and should hopefully be playing a couple of games toward the end of camp.
At the conclusion of rookie camp, the Avalanche announced the reassignment of the following players
Codey Burki (Lake Erie – AHL)
Trevor Cann (Peterborough – OHL)
Rob Drummond (Lake Erie – AHL)
Uladzimir Dzianisau (Lake Erie – AHL)
T.J. Galiardi (Calgary – WHL)
Brett Hemingway (Lake Erie – AHL)
Ray Macias (Lake Erie – AHL)
Mark McCutcheon (Lake Erie – AHL)
Kevin Montgomery (London – OHL)
Wes O'Neill (Lake Erie – AHL)
Brad Snetsinger (Windsor – OHL)
The Avalanche will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game on Sunday, September 16 at Cadet Ice Arena at the Air Force Academy beginning at 11:00 a.m., with proceeds benefiting military families as well as youth hockey initiatives of the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche exhibition slate begins Monday, September 17 against the Phoenix Coyotes in Phoenix, the first of six preseason games before the club’s season opener on October 3 vs. the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.
Following is the Colorado Avalanche 2007 pre-season schedule and veteran training camp roster:
EXHIBITION SCHEDULE (Mountain time)
September 16 Burgundy/White Game (Air Force Academy) 11:00 a.m.
September 17 Colorado at Phoenix (Glendale Arena) 8:00 pm
September 19 Colorado vs. Los Angeles (Pepsi Center) 7:00 pm
September 20 Colorado at Dallas (American Airlines Center) 6:30 pm
September 22 Colorado at Los Angeles (Las Vegas, NV) TBD
September 25 Colorado vs. Dallas (Pepsi Center) 7:00 pm
September 29 Colorado vs. Phoenix (Pepsi Center) 7:00 pm