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Getting To Know: Cory Sarich

by Ryan Simmons / Colorado Avalanche

Cory Sarich was acquired in a June 27 trade with the Calgary Flames. Sarich, 35, was selected No. 27 overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 14 NHL seasons and has appeared in 915 games with Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Calgary. He has totaled 148 points (20g/128a) and 1,051 penalty minutes in his career. Sarich also had a streak of 453 consecutive games played from 2001 to 2008. He recently talked with during Avalanche training camp.

Q: How has been to get back out on the ice for training camp?

A: It has felt good; the pace was really quick at the start. The bumping and the banging, that's tough to get back into. Having a positional play and having to react a lot faster than the speed we go at in the summer.

Q: In the summer what do you do to stay in shape?

A: I've done a lot of working out with a trainer in Calgary. This year, I spent some time training on my own, just really focused on cardio, lots of biking, lots of running, there's some great hills out there so I can climb up those all day, and golf in my spare time. Although, I don't seem to have much free time.

Q: How's has it been coming over with Alex Tanguay from Calgary this offseason?

A: It's nice you know, I've asked him a few questions. He has been really helpful, letting me know about areas around Denver, some places to get good meals and other helpful tips.

Q: What was the experience like winning the 2004 Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay?

A: It was great, a great feeling. It feels a little bit similar to here, although I'm kind of in the opposite situation, I was a young guy, and we had a group of young, hungry players and we found some great role players. We had great goaltending and it was one of the most exciting times of my career. We came together as a team over the course of a couple years and it's amazing how much we improved just within a couple seasons. I remember it quite vividly.

Q: What do you remember about being drafted in 1996?

A: I remember the Buffalo Sabres were changing their logo from the traditional blue, yellow and white to black and red. I looked at their logo when I first got to the draft and I didn't even know what team it was, I couldn't tell it was the Sabres head. Never spoke to them and then the next day, first pick of the second round I was chosen. I checked a couple of tables because I was having trouble finding their table. It was really cool. Interesting fact: there were only 26 teams back then so I went 27th overall. All the guys I tell that to now they kind of laugh.

Q: Given a breakaway, who do you want between the pipes Varly, Jiggy or Roy?

A: I'd have to go after Patrick. That would be a fun one. I don't remember even having any hard shots in my career against him. It would be fun, I watched him growing up, I was huge Canadiens fan. I remember watching the 1986 finals, which I remember quite a few of the games he played in. I remember that white mask he would have on, so he would be my choice.

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